15/05/2021: The Arizona Audit
Continues: The entire database of voting records has been deleted (by the
Democrats); no-one in Government has (password) access to the Dominion voting
machines (and they refuse to release them); the chain of custody of the ballots
(and their authenticity) is completely broken; tallies of batches of ballots
are wrong by up to 17%…estimates are that there are in excess of 250,000 fake
15/05/2021: I said this at the outset: Lives saved were never worth the cost, not by at least one order of magnitude – ‘plugging 30,000 saved lives into the cost-benefit formula implies that saving those lives cost a mere 14.9 times more than the benefits.’ and we will be paying for this stupidity for a generation : https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/05/14/on-the-caplan-cost-benefit-test-of-lockdown-ii/
And do you really think we can ever afford the massive cost of all this welfarism? For example the NDIS is now slurping up $122 billion a year (forget about defence or paying off our massive debt) and is mandating (for example) that welfare claimant’s cleaners be paid $55 per hour (no doubt financed by the taxes of people who are paid less than half of this)! If you really wanted a new aristocracy, this is it: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/05/15/vicki-campion-we-have-fallen-into-the-trap-of-thinking-that-we-can-buy-our-way-out-of-discomfort/
15/05/2021: This icy blast we have
been having has been the sun, (a coronal mass ejection event) – what causes
all the warming and cooling on earth (not man or CO2). Get set for another
Little Ice Age when skating returns to the
Get set for the next ‘Carrington Event’: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/05/13/the-greatest-geomagnetic-storm-of-the-20th-centurymay-13-15-1921a-century-ago-new-york-city-new-york-state-were-especially-hard-hit/
14/05/2021: A very tough job: https://americandigest.org/noted-in-passing-some-cops-are-still-up-to-the-job/
14/05/2021: Our (socialist) government is equally to blame. You just can’t keep on printing money and expect all will be well. For example around here property prices have doubled, making it impossible for young people becoming property owners and anyone from buying a farm or business: https://moonbattery.com/inflation-predictably-starts-upward/
Same elsewhere: Progress and the housing bubble, eg “In Vancouver, where the price of a representative home is $1,381,274 and you need an income of $237,201 to afford it, you would have to save for 389 months (32.4 years) just for the down payment.” https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/05/08/the-left-right-divide-we-face-today/
14/05/2021: Quite some letter – it will remind many of the events of 1770: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/05/american-heroes-120-retired-generals-admirals-write-joe-biden-questioning-mental-health-support-evidence-election-fraud/
13/05/2021: The Ultralight Swagman: I just came across this interesting new poncho which doubles as a swag, the Helikon Swagman Roll Poncho. It would be lighter than the traditional wool blanket which (obviously) can be configured in much the same way (as I explained here). It weighs 1.64 pounds (743 grams). It is lined with Climashield Apex insulation. US$124 (May 2021)
Obviously you can cover it with a waterproof poncho such as Coghlans Emergency Poncho as I recommended here: If you could only carry two things in the bush what would they be? When you wrapped yourself up in it (or other space-type blanket) as a swag of a night this would make it both warmer and more waterproof. Could be very handy to have in your day or hunting pack. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/05/12/the-ultralight-swagman/
13/05/2021: Coffee Straw: Unlike so many people I am not a coffee snob. I am happy with a cup of instant coffee (black). Besides which a cup of coffee never got lighter than that, but if you are a coffee connoisseur you no doubt want to know about every possible wrinkle for making a delicious cup of java on the trail.
This solution is not the lightest I have seen (see post below = 4 grams) but I do like the originality of the idea. Materials: stainless steel & BPA free silicone Weight 2 oz (57 grams) Length 7.77″ (19.7 cm) Filter Diameter .55″ (1.4 cm) US$ 19 (May 2021) Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/05/13/coffee-straw/
13/05/2021: If safety is your priority, you will not have much of a life: https://mikerowe.com/2020/03/walk-me-through-this-safety-third-thing/
‘Many on the left won’t give up masks because it’s how they virtue signal
their belief in the responsibility of the
13/05/2021: Do you ever wonder what 120 year old chocolate tastes like: http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61357
13/05/2021: Reminds me of Star Wars (PS: I hope our Government included a few of these in their defence budget): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyRbOQf2hME
12/05/2021: Why we have to have a special licence to keep exotic pets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P9B9rTVk4U&t=69s
12/05/2021: More rumblings in
12/05/2021: PM’s address to the nation yesterday about the death of the Duke: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/05/prime-ministers-address-to-her-majesty-queen-elizabeth-ii-on-the-death-of-his-royal-highness-the-pri.html
PS: Contrary to popular opinion they really did throw spears at each other for Prince Philip and the Queen back in 1954: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2021/04/they-really-did-throw-spears-at-each-other/
11/05/2021: So What is Still Good and Cheap? Interesting thoughts: 15 Things That Were Made For Poor People That Rich People Ruined – so what is still good and cheap? https://www.buzzfeed.com/andyneuenschwander/things-for-poor-people-that-rich-people-ruined PS: I am loath to make suggestions unless I get priced out of life!
When I was a kid we ate a lot of prawns which were cheap because ‘toffee
noses’ hadn’t discovered them yet. We also used to catch a lot of our own by
moonlight around the shores of
Fortunately you still can take prawns like this eg around the
11/05/2021: How can it have become dangerous to work in a supermarket: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/442246/people-stabbed-at-supermarket-in-dunedin
11/05/2021: "Yachtsmen pleasuring in the 'lilies of the sea' will not think favourably of my craft," warned Joshua Slocum: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spray_(sailing_vessel)
11/05/2021: Well done Yahweh: https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/05/iranian-man-accidentally-sets-himself-on-fire-while-burning-israeli-flag/
11/05/2021: Are you growing fractal broccoli: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanesco_broccoli
10/05/2021: This is actually true: How CO2 cools the earth: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/05/06/the-cooling-side-of-greenhouse-gases/
10/05/2021: Why getting the virus
might be better than getting the vaccine: https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2021/05/07/coronavirus-reinfection-study/7451620396318/
I resent Scomo keeping us locked up over what is really a bad case of the
sniffles when I lived through
Meanwhile a peer-reviewed research has claimed that global ivermectin use can end the COVID-19 pandemic: https://weather.com/en-IN/india/coronavirus/news/2021-05-08-use-of-ivermectin-medicine-globally-can-end-covid-19-pandemic
10/05/2021: Happy Birthing Person Day. Also of interest ‘birthing person of pearl, Holy Birthing Person of God & etc. Some ‘chest feeders’ are also concerned about this: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/05/happy-mothers-day-to-all-chest-feeders-.html In other news: Non-Menstruating Partner Wishes Menstruating Partner A Happy Birthing Person's Day: https://babylonbee.com/news/non-menstruating-partner-wishes-menstruating-partner-a-happy-birthing-persons-day
09/05/2021: NASA’s Perseverance Rover Hears Ingenuity Mars Helicopter in Flight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5niGi4k9vQ&list=PLTiv_XWHnOZpzQKYC6nLf6M9AuBbng_O8&t=143s
09/05/2021: Their students ignore them in the classroom, obsessed with their phones. Their own children are indifferent and ungrateful. Their wives have little time for their husbands so four Danish teacher decide to explore the theory that human beings are naturally deficient in alcohol. What could go wrong? I particularly like “the idea, attributed to psychiatrist Finn Skårderud, that the human body is alcohol-deficient and does better at a blood alcohol level of 0.05 per cent.” An interesting new film: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/movies/2021/05/when-the-best-prescription-is-a-stiff-drink/
09/05/2021: Is Dr. Anthony Fauci This Century’s Greatest Killer? I think this may be a fair point, but other health Nazis would also be up there eg our own Dan Andrews who has actually banned some efficacious treatments for the disease. Prophylaxis (such as Vitamin D and zinc supplementation which are both so cheap) and early interventions with cheap medicines such as Ivomec, Hydroxychloroquine, Iodine etc which we know work would still save many many lives. There should also have been much more research (and agreement) into treatments: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/05/dr-anthony-fauci-centurys-greatest-mass-murderer-dr-fauci-21st-centurys-mao-zedong/
08/05/2021: Wonnangatta #23.2: I think Anthony Piovesan is just making it up as he goes along but if his two ‘new’ pieces of evidence were true they would change the narrative somewhat, viz he claims that a melted mobile phone connected to a charger was found in the burned out campsite. My memory is that this has never been mentioned before. Indeed, it has always been claimed that both Russell and Carol’s phones (and the drone) were missing. He also claims the radio was a HF and not a UHF (as all previous reports claimed). If true this would narrow the search field for the culprit enormously! I notice that (he also claims) police have once again suspended their search operation. If this is true I wonder whether they have been reading my posts?
08/05/2021: Tucker on vaccine doubts: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/tucker-carlson-shatters-media-silence-why-are-thousands-of-people-dying-from-covid-vaccine/
08/05/2021: Remember what a good idea re-introducing wolves was: https://pagetwo.completecolorado.com/2021/05/06/cost-of-colorado-forced-wolf-importation-already-rising/
08/05/2021: Glaciers are melting? On
the other hand. Remember when they found a squadron of WW2 planes a couple of
hundred feet under the ice in
07/05/2021: Playing with expensive toys: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/05/skills-god-only-thinks-hes-a-fighter-pilot.html
07/05/2021: Can these really be fungi on Mars: https://futurism.com/scientists-fungus-growing-mars
07/05/2021: Ah, the romance of being a castaway on a desert island for fifteen years- the fate and behaviour of these Malagasys is quite astonishing: https://www.damninteresting.com/fifteen-years-forsaken/
06/05/2021: Mars, here we come: Starship SN15 Take-off and Landing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9eoubnO-pE&t=772s
06/05/2021: So when we are all vaccinated do we get our freedom back –I suspect not: (& NB: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/05/vaccinated-country-earth-closes-schools-sports-covid-cases-surge-35-new-cases-fully-vacinated/): https://coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2021/05/why-must-i-change-my-behavior-to-protect-those-who-choose-not-to-vaccinate.html
06/05/2021: And In the future many (more) elderly Victorians will die from cold (because of ‘climate emergencies’: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/05/05/victoria-announces-the-end-of-affordable-home-heating-because-climate-change/
05/05/2021: Kleos Space develops tool for in-space manufacturing of large structures: https://spacenews.com/kleos-in-space-manufacturing/
05/05/2021: Notice how CO2 levels started to shoot up hundreds of years ago (not since WW2 as you might have thought). That is because increases in CO2 lag temperature spikes by approx 800 years so that these (modern) spikes are a symptom of the medieval warm Period ie a natural phenomenon, not anthropomorphic at all. They are caused by outgassing from a warming ocean. These changes make glaciers look fast! https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/05/02/the-co2-shift-ice-age-to-gas-age/
05/05/2021: These are the people the CIA (and presumably our military) needs? Good luck with defending the nation guys: https://moonbattery.com/woke-cia-recruiting-ads/
04/05/2021: Interesting thoughts: 15
Things That Were Made For Poor People That Rich People Ruined – so what is
still good and cheap? https://www.buzzfeed.com/andyneuenschwander/things-for-poor-people-that-rich-people-ruined
PS: I am loath to make suggestions unless I get priced out of life! Some of our
‘wrinkles’ have already been denied to others: building our own house out of
earth & etc has become monstrously difficult. Thank goodness we did it long
ago. (Someday we may even finish it!) Home car repairs and second-hand cars
have become much more difficult. For thirty years our annual car ‘running’
costs were around $300 per car (about half of rego costs now!) But it has
become so difficult to fix a modern car. I mostly stick to 20+ years old Land
Rovers for that reason – but I also buy insurance write-offs and re-build and
re-register them. We are about to launch into club rego for many of our older
cars. Enormously cheaper if you have the garage space. We still do a lot of
04/05/2021: A Cure for Blindness: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/trial-to-see-if-a-gene-therapy-can-stop-or-reverse-one-of-the-most-common-causes-of-vision-loss/news-story/b99e8bb4665b04a254977aa417bdadbe
03/05/2021: “Terror is only justice: prompt severe and inflexible. It is then an emanation of virtue. It is less a distinct principle than a natural consequence of the general principle of democracy, applied to the most pressing wants of the country.” Robespierre, who (blessedly) himself fell victim to his ‘terror’ and went to the guillotine where he had sent so many before him. Justice!
03/05/2021: Do you ever wonder why
03/05/2021: Notice when you look at
03/05/2021: Human culture is incredibly ancient: https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-find-the-oldest-evidence-of-indoor-human-activity-deep-inside-a-desert-cave
02/05/2021: Wonnangatta #23.1: One more item to add to the puzzle (one could hope that information would be available a little sooner or be more accurate). ‘A mobile phone attached to a charger was found among the charred mess, leading police to believe it may have caused the blaze.’ : https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/clues-could-crack-missing-australian-campers-carol-clay-russell-hill-mystery/K6WPBKGYVTU72K5JYKA3CJCZ74/
02/05/2021: Everlasting Pen: Even in this electronic age sometimes you need to leave a written message. It helps if you can make it waterproof (these notepads will help) but it is also important that when the time comes to write it that your pen works (and is ultralight, of course!) You could just use a cheap length of pencil. Or a space pen refill (as I have done here). Or you could investigate this idea – a pen which does not use ink and which does not wear out.
I have sometimes needed to leave a message – perhaps tied to a tree eg warning about some trail hazard ahead (a washed out bridge perhaps), or placed in someone’s tent/camp/hut or besides their trailcam, and of course we have all needed to fill out log books in huts etc. It is just on such occasions you find that your trusty biro which you have carried for endless trail miles has gone dry and =that no amount of rubbing an cajoling will bring it back to life.
Space pens are superior in this regard and have never failed me so far, and at one gram for the refill I carry (and little need, as I rarely venture where there are other folks to leave messages for anyway) I am unlikely to carry anything else, but if this description is not you then maybe an everlasting pen is your solution?
These pens would not actually last forever either as they wear away slowly by leaving a thin film of indelible soft metal as a message something like writing a message with the soft tip of a lead bullet something which f you are a hunter you have probably frequently done! Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/05/01/everlasting-pen/
02/05/2021: You betcha: ‘It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.’ Mark Twain
02/05/2021: One way to beat mask mandates: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/painted-mask-on-a-hot-chick-fools-the-covid-nazis-every-time/
02/05/2021: A very handy little gun – concealed carry at its best: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/prison-pouch-sentencing-573048
01/05/2021: Wonnangatta Mystery # 23. I can’t believe I have posted about this case so many times over the last year - but I have counted them up. It is a fascinating case. However I can’t believe I (and the police, I suspect) missed such a simple and repeated piece of evidence as this. I had ‘concluded’ that this was a ‘stranger murder’ (even though ~90% of murderers are known to the victim) on the basis that otherwise the culprit would have had to follow them for two days (vanishingly unlikely I thought) and on the basis that police would long ago have checked out Russell and Carol’s phone contacts to see if anyone’s phone travelled near there or was switched off or did not move at all for a couple of days & etc.
The indications from the latest reportings of the case indicate that it may be only recently that police have been doing forensic phone tracing so I cannot be sure of the latter – and in any case someone could have paid an (unconnected) killer to carry this out, or it could have been carried out by a criminal with a fake phone number or etc.
The crucial point is that the reports of the incident say again and again that the couple disappeared very shortly after calling in (around 6:00pm on Russell’s UHF radio) and just after having arrived at the campsite (in an invisible spot on a dead end track just before dark) where they did not use the toilet they set up. Other reports have stated that Russell belonged to a UHF radio group, often went camping with them and talked to them at 6:00pm each night. Here are a couple of earlier links to that effect: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/andrew-rule/andrew-rule-missing-high-country-campers-revive-centuryold-tragedy/news-story/22c177ddb2f89cfe558e8e87e621715e & https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-19/how-four-people-disappeared-without-trace-in-victorian-mountains/12455124?nw=0&pfmredir=sm&fbclid=IwAR0xXWGgMKtgUixrO8VQoDgWnfiay7Hww35o-i12Dz_pk6gq-3KoAzmhLik
It was also reported earlier that Russell called his friend Rob some time on
the Friday to talk about going down into the
I was previously surprised that the murderer did not srtrike on the Thursday
night if he had ‘followed’ them in. This was one of my reasons for deciding it
was a ‘stranger murder’ – but there are valid reasons why he might not have. When
Russell called his friend Rob on the Thursday night he likely didn’t give his
location but just said something like, “I am at our old campsite where we had
the altercation with the deer hunter/button man” or the like. This would
(unintentionally) have let Rob know where he was but without revealing his
location to a third party. Or he might have said something like ‘I am at the
Billy Track camp”
NB. Russell would have used a UHF ‘repeater’ to get out from the Wonnangatta area (and most other places up there). This involves (for any particular area), a single UHF channel. You have to place the radio on ‘Duplex’ to access the radio repeater tower (to transmit – I don’t know about ‘receive’, but it is likely that the person who was listening also had his radio on duplex and obviously on the same channel). I have no idea whether the ‘repeater’ ‘logs’ the connected radios in any way, or whether police/emergency services monitor/record it. Worth checking.
One thing is clear: Russell was in the habit of calling in with his location every night when he was away – for safety. I do too on my sat phone. I hardly ever tell my wife a location which would mean anything to a listener – not because I am secretive, but to make myself crystal clear. I am trying to make sure that she can explain to a third party where I am by letting her know a location eg where we have both been before eg “The camp where you took a photo of me walking across the river on a log” – this is a real example.
Remember he was reported missing (long) before his camp was found just because
he had missed his call in. Doubtless the culprit had been listening to his
radio calls for some time (perhaps
Now it is very unlikely
On the other hand if there is an
unknown murderer who followed them in from the
It seems to me that telephone providers must have a database of phones which
were (most probably) located in
Why did the perpetrator take the drone and phones? Because he could not be sure that Russell/Carol had not noticed they had been followed and had taken footage/photos on one/either of them which would help identify whoever it was. Better to take the possible incriminating evidence away and throw it in the fire or in some other way permanently destroy it. Anyway if this was a pretty professional and targeted ‘job’ as it appears it may have been you can be pretty sure they are gone forever now. Russell’s car keys were likely just in his pockets when he was killed/taken – as they would be, and probably still are.
You would think police forensics would have the answer to this question, but I don’t. However, it seems to me that if they were taken away alive that you would perhaps need more than one perpetrator to do this – you really need two hands on the wheel to drive those tracks. I suppose you could have restrained the couple with cable ties etc though. People are also often surprisingly compliant when threatened and frightened. Two perperators would be awfully easier to catch than one though.
Whoever did this was clearly very angry with Russell, Carol or both. (if locating them by radio proves that it was ‘targeted’). Usually it takes some time to get that angry. An altercation on the Thursday, Thursday night or Friday doesn’t seem to cut it – but it is possible – however the person would not have turned off his phone until he decided to do it so there would be some phone tracking in the Howitt Plains area (associated with Russell and Carol’s phones too) as I have said for a year, which would have confirmed this and (surely) led to an arrest long ago. Likewise the white ute person would probably have had to be up there on the Howitt Plains previously as well to have had a motive – but then how/why did he get (hours) ahead of Russell and Carol?
01/05/2021: Oh, to have moose in the garden: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/mom-theres-a-cute-baby-moose-in-the-yard-taking-a-shower/
01/05/2021: After the audit results
are in (soon) this is how the fraudulent
01/05/2021: Meanwhile, https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2021/04/29/SpaceX-successfully-launches-60-Starlink-satellites/8021619665981/ Get ready for much faster internet speeds soon.
30/04/2021: Skill: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/04/skills.html
30/04/2021: How to lose your country #101 – this will not end well. Be warned Oz: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/04/macron-government-ignores-warning-announces-20-french-generals-warned-civil-war-leftist-islamist-radicalization-will-punished/ & https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9525485/Paris-mayor-says-AGREES-military-chiefs-warned-disintegration-France.html
30/04/2021: No ‘climate emergency’. It’s the thermostat stupid. For example, ‘Thunderstorms function as heat pipes that transport warm air rapidly from the surface to the lifting condensation level where the moisture turns into clouds and rain, and from there to the upper atmosphere without interacting with the intervening greenhouse gases. The air and the energy it contains are moved to the upper troposphere hidden inside the cloud-shrouded thunderstorm tower, without being absorbed or hindered by GHGs on the way. Thunderstorms also cool the surface in a host of other ways, utilizing a combination of a standard refrigeration cycle with water as the working fluid, plus cold water returned from above, clear surrounding air allowing greater upwelling surface radiation, wind-driven evaporation, spray increasing evaporation area, albedo changes, and cold downwelling entrained air.’: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/04/28/a-request-for-real-peer-review/
29/04/2021: 46 years ago today – the
29/04/2021: The Mystery Of Why Human
Feet Keep Washing Ashore In The
29/04/2021: ‘The eagle has landed’. Vale Michael Collins: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/apollo-11-astronaut-the-forgotten-michael-collins-dies-at-90/
28/04/2021: This bird is doing better at 70 than I am: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/worlds-oldest-wild-bird-hatches-chick-at-70/
28/04/2021: Folk know how to deal
with terrorists in
28/04/2021: This is weird - We Keep Raising the Age That Children Are Allowed To Play Outside. No freedom for kids until they're 11. I used to wander alone all day in the nearby forests way before I started school: https://reason.com/2021/04/23/survey-we-keep-raising-the-age-that-children-are-allowed-to-play-outside/
27/04/2021: Wonnangatta Again: Certainly sounds like phone tracking. Police ‘seem’ to have released a route the perpetrator (or is it the only unidentified phone/s?) took on the way out of the Wonnangatta. Of course if they know this they also know who it is – and how many people, or at least phones are involved.
I would imagine they have driven the same route at approx the same time of day to see just how long it normally takes between points where a phone ‘shakes hands’ with a tower so as to determine if there are sections where the perpetrator took longer than ‘normal’ in order to determine where the bodies likely are. (Remember how the old CDMA phones used to tell you what tower you were connected to?) The fact that they did not nominate a section at the outset surely indicates that there is not a stop of an hour or more (time needed to bury bodies) - but reporting of this incident has been horrible, so who knows?
The fact that they are saying Hernes Spur and then Cynthia Track indicates that there is a spot along the Wombat Spur route where a phone normally ‘shakes hands’ - but this one didn’t. I indicated this methodology over a year ago and the most likely places the bodies could be found – so much easier when they were ‘fresh’.
Some spots (eg off the Hernes Spur) are very steep and shaley (over the edges) so that one could quickly scrape shale over bodies which you had rolled over the side. It would be unlikely you would stop though on the steepest sections (going uphill).
It is also unlikely anyone would have taken the bodies out onto the
Of a night people usually don’t stop (or travel much) and you can see lights and hear engines a long way out. I have often been camped along the river below Hernes Spur and even though I am quite deaf I can hear vehicles making their ways along the tops from several kilometers away – and see their lights.
I admit I am surprised they do not nominate the track from Dry Creek to the Hernes Spur (over an hour’s drive) as part of the search area. I know there are often people camped along there but there are also many isolated spots. Perhaps there were enough people camped along there that police have a ‘picture’ of where/if the vehicle stopped along that section?
Of course this new ‘phone evidence’ will only work if the perpetrator had his phone on. If I had followed them in (eg from King Billy with the intention of doing this) I would have had my phone off throughout. Or indeed I would have left it turned on back at my camp!
The phone and white ute owner police have been tracking could still just be someone who didn’t want to come forward to say they had been in there. People have all sorts of ‘innocent’ reasons why they might not want to contact police. I am not trying to defend such a practice.
Many years ago I/we spent several days participating in a search for a youth who had disappeared on his motorbike. As he had taken most of his possessions with him I imagined he would ‘turn up’ years later working on some outback station. However, months later his body was found propped against his motorbike in the middle of a (distant) track where he had unfortunately killed himself. Vehicle tracks indicated several people had driven past the body and not reported it. Awful conduct I know, but clearly such people did not want to have anything to do with the police even though they had nothing to do with the death. This could also be the case in the Wonnangatta incident. People can even just be too ‘shy’ to want to talk to others (or police).
For the perpetrator to have exited via Eaglevale it is likely that he entered the same way (so definitely a ‘stranger murder’) as if you entered via Zeka Spur (in these guilty circumstances) you would likely exit the same way rather than encounter unexpected conditions (eg many more campers and vehicles, unexpected road conditions, fallen trees, etc).
I continue to think that the phone tracking was of a phone which was turned on. If ‘police’ had the ability to track phones which were turned off (or if Russell and Carol’s phones were also turned on) they would have already made an arrest – as there would be enough evidence to connect the person with them. https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/news/police-resume-search-for-missing-campers-carol-clay-russell-hill-in-wonnangatta/news-story/9d400b7e8475f77f8dbeea84090aebbb
Correction: The news items
reference the search is along the Wonnangatta Track not the
27/04/2021: You better believe it: “After 40 it’s just patch, patch, patch.” L. Sprague De Camp
27/04/2021: But pioneers always have: Elon Musk says ‘bunch of people will probably die’ during Mars mission: https://nypost.com/2021/04/25/elon-musk-people-will-probably-die-trying-to-get-to-mars/
26/04/2021: Great Quotes - Isaac Asimov:
“Tell me why the stars do shine,
Tell me why the ivy twines,
Tell me what makes skies so blue,
And I'll tell you why I love you.
Nuclear fusion makes stars to shine,
Tropisms make the ivy twine,
Testicular hormones are why I love you. ”
26/04/2021: In the interest of equality we should give little girls free cigarettes. Well done Theodore Dalrymple: https://www.takimag.com/article/an-age-old-story/
26/04/2021: Remember this - How a
tiny country (
25/04/2021: Anzac Day and the 70th Anniversary of the
25/04/2021: It is an awful crime but
we should remember that women are also capable of ‘family violence’ especially
towards children – eg a woman in
25/04/2021: This really is big news - a new effective malaria vaccine: So far (since the DDT ban) 131 million people have died of this disease compared with 3 million from Covid: http://junksciencearchive.com/malaria_clock.html & https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2021/04/23/malaria-vaccine-study/8191619196625/
24/04/2021: Definitely a must -have – a sex doll which delivers a greenie rant: https://nypost.com/2021/04/20/this-sex-doll-rants-about-how-despicable-the-human-race-is/
24/04/2021: How did ancient North Americans paint the rocks if you need pitons and ropes to climb them today http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61187
24/04/2021: Forty years of ‘global warming’ looks a lot like ‘global cooling’: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/04/23/how-global-warming-isnt/
23/04/2021: Did Bigfoot murder pot growers: https://www.sfgate.com/streaming/article/hulu-true-crime-sasquatch-murder-cannabis-farmers-16104896.php
23/04/2021: This cat is done with the woke bullshit: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/comedy-gold-this-cat-is-done-with-the-woke-bullshit/
22/04/2021: Dershowitz is right about the preposterous Chauvin verdict. It is tantamount to a lynching: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/04/must-assume-jury-heard-maxine-waters-said-case-may-reversed-alan-dershowitz-weighs-chauvin-verdict-video/ Candace Owens’ take on this, “The media creates the mob and the mob rules”: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/04/21/owens-the-media-creates-the-mob-and-the-mob-rules/
22/04/2021: In a similar case, So many people are out of control. It is hard to see exactly what other response police can have eg when they are witnessing one person (ordered to stop) stabbing multiple people: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/police-shoot-15-year-old-knife-wielding-girl-in-columbus-heres-the-video/ & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/04/makiyah-bryant-neighbor-says-security-footage-proves-columbus-police-officer-no-choice-shoot-knife-wielding-teen-video/
21/04/2021: Just so you know: Waffle House is not racist – but what is it with this behaviour: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/04/can-get-waffle-another-weekend-waffle-house-fight-caught-video/ But no doubt Chauvin is guilty?
21/04/2021: The rebellion of workers against the woke – pay attention conservatives: https://joannenova.com.au/2021/04/its-an-upperclass-thing-labor-have-become-the-australian-wokers-party-and-the-workers-are-fed-up/
21/04/2021: Sloth – Covid’s biggest risk factor (and most other disease besides): https://joannenova.com.au/2021/04/covid-biggest-risk-factor-is-not-being-fat-or-diabetic-but-sitting-still/
And what about this: ‘The existing scientific evidences challenge the safety and efficacy of wearing facemask as preventive intervention for COVID-19. The data suggest that both medical and non-medical facemasks are ineffective to block human-to-human transmission of viral and infectious disease such SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, supporting against the usage of facemasks.’ https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/04/stanford-study-noting-ineffectiveness-harm-masks-censored-twitter-now-second-study-published-cdcs-website-confirms-masks-cause-serious-side-effects/ & https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/04/us-published-medical-study-on-the-uselessness-and-dangers-of-deadly-face-masks.html
20/04/2021: Problems with electric and self-driving cars: How do we get rid of them: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/04/17/the-dawn-of-the-e-vehicle-battery-environmental-disaster-discarded-even-sooner-than-expected/ & https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/explosive-tesla-crash-no-one-was-driving-2-dead/
20/04/2021: How ‘wokeness’ is working out in the happiness stakes. It does not surprise me that conservative women are the happiest and leftist men the unhappiest: https://redstate.com/mike_miller/2021/04/18/conservative-women-are-the-happiest-people-in-america-any-guesses-whos-unhappiest-n363805
20/04/2021: Ingenuity helicopter flying on Mars: https://phys.org/news/2021-04-ingenuity-helicopter-successfully-flew-mars.html
19/04/2021: And about time too – where’s my money: https://babylonbee.com/news/men-demand-reparations-from-women-due-to-eve-eating-the-apple
19/04/2021: This is an insightful letter from a parent of a US$54,000 pa fee school (Brearley) which has also been taken over by communists – just like all our public schools. Time to change all this. Do read it: https://bariweiss.substack.com/p/you-have-to-read-this-letter
The Burial of Sir John Moore after Corunna (1817) - Charles Wolfe
“Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note,
As his corse to the rampart we hurried;
Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot
O’er the grave where our hero we buried.
We buried him darkly at dead of night,
The sods with our bayonets turning;
By the struggling moonbeam’s misty light
And the lantern dimly burning.
No useless coffin enclosed his breast,
Nor in sheet nor in shroud we wound him,
But he lay like a warrior taking his rest
With his martial cloak around him.
Few and short were the prayers we said,
And we spoke not a word of sorrow;
But we steadfastly gazed on the face that was dead,
And we bitterly thought of the morrow.
We thought, as we hollowed his narrow bed
And smoothed down his lonely pillow,
That the foe and the stranger would tread o’er his head,
And we far away on the billow!
Lightly they’ll talk of the spirit that’s gone
And o’er his cold ashes upbraid him,
But little he’ll reck, if they let him sleep on
In the grave where a Briton has laid him.
But half of our heavy task was done
When the clock struck the hour for retiring;
And we heard the distant and random gun
That the foe was sullenly firing.
Slowly and sadly we laid him down,
From the field of his fame fresh and gory;
We carved not a line, and we raised not a stone,
But left him alone with his glory.”
Quitting Afghanistan: I’m sure this guy is right (he should know) but I misdoubt we could have hung on after the US had left: Afghan Association of Australia chairman Abdul Khaliq Fazal said the decision would lead to civil war, meaning the sacrifice of Australian troops could be wasted… Why would they leave before there is peace?”
NB: When defenestration was legalized: https://moonbattery.com/france-no-murder-charge-for-throwing-jew-out-window/
18/04/2021: New motorcycle carrier. I needed one of these for packrafting. This one is great. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/04/18/motorbike-carrier/
18/04/2021: The Prince’s Land Rover Defender hearse is my must have. Fortunately I own two of them so should not be disappointed when the time comes. (May be their first wash!) They will after all outlast me.
18/04/2021: The impossible mad green dream – why are we destroying ourselves with this stuff? https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/04/16/us-green-impossibilities/
18/04/2021: Biden’s fake election is going
down. I don’t know just when or what will be the result. (I still fear
civil war in the
Quotes of the day: George Washington: ‘Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master…Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth…The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments…The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves…’ http://www.brainyquote.com/.../g/george_washington.html
17/04/2021: 2.5 billion T. rex roamed Earth, but not all at once: https://www.msn.com/EN-US/news/technology/study-2-5-billion-t-rex-roamed-earth-but-not-all-at-once/ar-BB1fH8XV?ocid=BingNews Given that each of them needed to consume the mass of approximately one small boy a day, that’s a lot of small boys gone missing.
17/04/2021: Beware of bobcats: https://gutsmack.com/2021/04/husband-goes-full-rambo/
17/04/2021: Brilliant: "A dangling participle walks into a bar..." http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/35355-Notes-for-copy-editors.html
17/04/2021: What not to do when you are issuing covid health warnings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4A313OAND0&t=12s
16/04/2021: Wonnangatta Revisit: ‘Calling a Spade a Bloody Shovel’ used to be one of my father’s favourite sayings. I was minded of this yesterday when Vicpol appeared completely unable to tell the difference between the two, and somehow bizarrely believed that two bricky’s spades discarded off the edge of a main highway could have been used to bury bodies in thick fire regrowth (which they seem to be mistaking for pristine wilderness!) nearly 100 km away from where the (likely) Wonnangatta murders took place – as if someone would have spent say four hours on 4WD tracks driving past hundreds of suitable spots so that they could then drive along 2WD roads for a several more hours to dispose of the bodies next to a main artery!
The man who committed this crime was not so stupid. He was quick-witted enough to commit the murders and dispose of the bodies (in the dark within a couple of hours of the couple arriving at the camp site – the camp toilet had not been used) leaving the ‘crime scene’ pristine enough that even after a year many of the police are still not willing to say that the crime actually occurred. He clearly knew he was going to commit this crime and had thoroughly planned it in his head – at least for hours. I imagine that he had them under observation for some time, waited till it went dark and they were in bed then struck. This suggests that he followed them in, or was already there. (I doubt he knew them as in that case he would have killed them on the Thursday night on the Howitt Plains when fewer people were about).
As I am unaware of any witness reports about Russell and Carol driving in then clearly no-one saw a car which followed them in then exited again in the dark either – which leaves open the possibility that it was not the ‘white ute’ that police are seeking (unless it was already there - as I said before).
In my last post about this a reader commented that ‘police’ have the ability to track phones which are switched off (or even have their batteries removed). I admit that I thought this was unlikely however I found indeed it is possible, but I can find no evidence that anyone has this ability unless they have accessed the phone prior to the desire to track it in some way (which would be unlikely in this instance). If ‘police’ had this ability they would long ago have identified where Russell, Carol and the perpetrator's phones were – and made an arrest!
Disposing of two bodies off a 4WD track in the dark involves several technical difficulties which suggest likely spots to search. I have spent over 40 years’ tracking’ along 4WD tracks looking for deer sign to start hounds on. And of course I have often found where people stop to dump dead calves, sheep carcasses and the like. You are not going to stop just anywhere – eg not on a very steep section or right next to a sharp bend ( as someone may come along unexpectedly). You want a level-ish spot with a good ‘drop-off below where it is easy to drag/roll the bodies down and out of sight quickly.
I have stressed that word. You don’t want to be caught hanging around on a remote track disposing of dead bodies. Remember this was the Friday night of a long weekend. People will be arriving at all hours. You need to stop in a place where you can see lights coming from a long way away – so basically a long flattish section preferably with a slight downhill incline (not such a common spot if you are going uphill) so that your headlights can illuminate what you are doing. You would stop, toss the bodies on the ground then back up so that you can see where you are dragging them (a torch won’t cut it as well), then quickly drag them down 20 yards or so (2 minutes at most) and be on your way – and clearly never come back!
There are several suitable spots like that on the Zeka Spur (most likely eg if you followed them in) and on the Cynthia Range Track on the way out to Eaglevale (for example) the second most likely spot those two being the most common routes. If you are smart enough to have covered all traces at the crime scene (in a few minutes probably) you are not going to be driving out onto a 2WD road on a long weekend where there will likely be police/wildlife officers etc stopping cars eg to check gun licences etc. This is a common occurrence as anyone who frequents the Wonnangatta knows!
I have never been convinced (enough) by the quality of police searches to completely rule out that their (lost) bodies might even be in the bush in the vicinity of the campsite still, (photos show the cadaver dogs there now) but all along I thought this was a one-in-a-million chance. I have actually spoken to the people who found the burnt out camp site six days later but I do not know who found it the next day and failed to report it. What an irresponsible person! The people six days later drove immediately up to ‘the tops’ so they could phone the police (whose response was evidently about what we are used to, eg in the case of the little lost boy they could not find at about the same time & etc!)
On the seventh day (if I had been the police) I would have been walking along the tracks I mentioned (and similar ones) with my two small Jack Russell terriers who would have immediately told me when they smelled a body (supposing my own olfactory skills were so poor as not to notice!) A year later is just about too late to be bringing out the ‘cadaver dogs’ as they have been doing, though if they look in the right place the bodies will still be there – but not buried! There is absolutely not reason to bury the bodies. The time spent doing so (an hour or more in the dark – oh sure!) would only increase the chance that someone would come along and notice.
This perpetrator is not stupid. I can see several attempts by the police (in reporting) to ‘spook’ him but they are so inconsistent and poorly thought out they would clearly not have that effect on any (evil) intelligent person. For example inconsistently stating the numbers (one/some) of people in the white ute. If you know there are two you say ‘two’ so that the one less guilty will come forward in the expectation that police are close behind. You do not say that the ‘shovels’ were found in bush ‘where no human has even walked’ (when they were obviously thrown/fallen off from a vehicle anyway). Really if no-one had ever walked there how did the shovels get there?
As a policemen you need to give some indication you are smarter than the criminal. This is not the way to do it. You can be sure the perpetrator is closely reading every word that is written about this crime. (NB I note that the reporters may be to blame for some/all of these slips. The reporting of this matter and most others has been appalling)
My own ‘hunch’ about this is that the perpetrator is an evil ‘copycat’ who decided to emulate the very similar 1916 murders in pretty much the same spot where the bodies were also removed from the scene – you would hope police searched the spots where the 1916 bodies were found - though I doubt they would be there. Some recent reports:
https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/news/police-move-search-for-missing-campers-russell-hill-and-carol-clay-to-mount-hotham-area/news-story/dbc205908ec032aec7c2dc0195548ff3 & https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/news/police-move-search-for-missing-campers-russell-hill-and-carol-clay-to-mount-hotham-area/news-story/dbc205908ec032aec7c2dc0195548ff3 & https://www.heraldsun.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts-victoria/detectives-pause-search-for-missing-campers-russell-hill-and-carol-clay-await-forensic-tests-for-two-shovels/news-story/c6e4f7462284832ef5cb21b4bbf31ce0 & https://www.9news.com.au/national/mysterious-disappearance-of-campers-russell-hill-carol-clay-mount-hotham-victoria/16ad67b3-d318-4cc5-ac3f-f14b6c8bdc4f & https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/news/criminal-psychologist-tim-watsonmunro-believes-missing-campers-russell-hill-and-carol-clay-met-with-foul-play/news-story/9679014d5dd2d4c8fc9577ecc0ed5f47 & https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9472341/Russell-Hill-Carol-Clay-Investigation-missing-campers-PAUSED-discovery-new-clues.html
16/04/2021: We must fight back against the ‘elites’ or we are doomed: https://www.steynonline.com/11218/the-perversion-of-public-discourse
16/04/2021: The new Domino Theory:
16/04/2021: Remember when ‘manly’ and ‘brave’ used to be virtues: https://moonbattery.com/from-lou-gehrig-to-aaron-hicks-in-only-82-years/ After the speech what was there but to die horribly and have the disease named after him.
15/04/2021: Who would want to be a policeman today: https://www.aol.com/news/ex-officer-kim-potter-charged-161300713.html
15/04/2021: Jack Russells fear nothing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1q63v6Dd3c&t=49s
14/04/2021: Do clean your teeth: https://www.studyfinds.org/gum-disease-alzheimers-disease/
14/04/2021: This is about as stupid as Albanese thinking you could charge your car with solar overnight: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/04/as-useful-as-boobs-on-a-bull.html
14/04/2021: I found these two essays deeply disturbing – yet (sadly) I do not doubt their truth: https://quillette.com/2021/04/06/when-sons-become-daughters-part-ii-parents-of-transitioning-boys-speak-out-on-their-own-suffering/ & https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/reflections/2021/04/the-very-devil-of-a-thing-to-comprehend/
13/04/2021: Fossil Fuel Decline – Really? https://joannenova.com.au/2021/04/making-people-believe-nonsense-the-imaginary-decline-of-fossil-fuels/
13/04/2021: The Krag-Jorgensen Rifle, a fascinating historical insight: https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2021/4/9/the-krag-jorgensen-americas-first-bolt-action-service-rifle (Particularly the anecdote about the Moro uprising).
12/04/2021: Humanities has just gone
away. That is why it is in a sad decline. It has eschewed its core
curriculum, just as our political parties have deserted their key
constituencies as both move inexorably to the left. The Liberal Party is today
12/04/2021: Port Arthur 25 Years:
Has everyone forgotten that various levels of government slapped a 75-100 year
secrecy lock on the events at
on sanity (and arithmetic) – with thanks for introducing me to a new word
‘crore’ or ten million. I too have been over the hype about this virus now for
over a year. Sure, I recognized early on that it was a new and deadly type of
flu but it soon emerged that it was no deadlier than many earlier ones and so
merited no greater response than they did. However even they merited some more
public health response (in terms of prevention) than has hitherto been the
case. Improving people’s levels of Vitamin D and Zinc for example would have
saved many lives, as would making available cheap effective treatments such as
has proved to be the case with eg Hydroxychloroquine, Ivomec, Betadine &
etc. But now we come to the absurd responses to the vaccines (both from members
of the public – and government). There are those who view the vaccines
(particularly the Mrna ones) as some sort of mass extermination systems. This
seems so vanishingly unlikely…I misdoubt that the Israelis (for example) who
are a bit more used to mass extermination than most folks would have allowed
almost their entire population to be vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine if it
were likely to have this consequence! Then there are all the absurd innumerate
responses to the risk (of the vaccine relative to the disease). To date we have
2,948,567 deaths worldwide from 136,609,182
cases = .21% (
An end to hygiene theatre. Can we please have a similar cessation of the dreadful virtual signalling of mask wearing? https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/08/health/coronavirus-hygiene-cleaning-surfaces.html
11/04/2021: Knee Cure News: OK, so there is a new thing you can do and I had it done yesterday, so it is early days yet. But…It is called Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation. Put simply it zaps the nerves coming from the knee which are causing you the pain and turns them off for around a year, perhaps two. It’s costing me $400 plus some extra for anaesthetists, hospital expenses etc – cheap at half the price! Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/04/11/knee-cure-news/
11/04/2021: On Peter Walsh’s Death on this day in 2015: He was Finance Minister in the Hawke Government. He was possibly the last economically literate Labor leader. Comparing him to the commie rabble running the party now evokes the cry, ‘Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.’(Dante)‘Walsh was not selective in his hatred of rent-seekers and protectionists: He despised trade union leaders as much as he despised farm and business leaders for their special interest pleading. And he was just as withering in his critiques of the environmental movement’s anti-growth agenda….He abhorred the rising influence of the environmental movement on the Labor Party and wrote that “since the 1980s Australian Labor Party policy has been incrementally hijacked by well-heeled, self-indulgent, morally vain and would-be authoritarian activists whom the media often describes as the intelligentsia”.’ From his obit in the Australian.
11/04/2021: “Ideas are more powerful
than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns; why should we let them have
11/04/2021: News You won’t See - Death of a Climate Sceptic: https://spectator.com.au/2021/04/prince-philip-climate-sceptic-already-spinning-in-his-grave/ The reality is that the long view (eg geology) has always shown that there has been a succession of Ice Ages for the last several million years and that we are (for approx 12,000 years now) in an inter-glacial ‘warming’ before the (next) ice age returns; that the earth has been steadily cooling since the high point of the inter-glacial 8,000 years ago and continues to do so; that CO2 has very little relevance – indeed CO2 peaks approx 800 years after warming peaks (not the other way around, ie warming causes an increase in CO2 - by outgassing from the oceans). There is very little (or nothing) we can do to prevent ‘climate change’ whose causes remain largely unknown and even if they were known they are well beyond anything humans can effect (eg celestial mechanics, solar output, vulcanism etc). Mitigation remains our only course of action. The long view is that we must prepare our technology for coping with a cooler world where large areas of high (ie towards the poles) land will become unlivable and similar areas of habitable land will (re)emerge from the seas. Crop seasons will shorten. Reliable energy sources (ie not ‘renewables’ will become ever more vital). Most of the human race will have to move over time. But there is likely plenty of time. These processes don’t usually happen overnight!
10/04/2021: Vale Sir Philip
Mountbatten, (Knight of
10/04/2021: The World’s Lightest Off-Road Motorcycle (60 kg) – must have: http://www.fxbikes.com/
10/04/2021: Fusion this decade - perhaps: https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/a36065327/nuclear-reactor-makes-fusion-viable-by-2030/
08/04/2021: Snowpiercer? Too dangerous by far: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/04/06/dangerously-stupid-science-solar-geoengineering/ & https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/04/07/be-afraid-scientists-at-work/
08/04/2021: A technique to produce transplantable livers in the laboratory: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2021-04-technique-transplantable-livers-laboratory.html
08/04/2021: How True is this: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/04/07/the-imaginary-climate-crisis-how-can-we-change-the-message-a-talk-by-richard-lindzen/ PS: I think he makes a very fair point about those who advocate ‘accepting the science’ ie that one should ask them eg to explain the ‘Second Law of Thermodynamics’ or similar. Those who urge ‘acceptance of science’ would be hard put to explain ‘science’.
07/04/2021: What is it with this Marise Payne ‘Prime Minister for Women’ bullshit Scott? She is a dead duck – and so is the issue: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/04/marise-the-prime-minister-for-women-reports-on-task-force-photo-session.html
07/04/2021: The Great Hydrogen Bubble – this idea is just as silly as Swift’s idea of extracting sunshine from cucumbers, only more costly: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/03/27/david-bidstrup-guest-post-hydrogen-hopes/
07/04/2021: Peter Dutton on unsung heroes – well done guys: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/03/magnificent-statement-from-minister-for-home-affairs-peter-dutton-mp-well-done-minister.html
06/04/2021: Seems like the George Floyd trial is about as dead in the water as he is. If you die of a Fentanyl overdose (four times the lethal dose) whilst being legally restrained against resisting arrest (as per the police training manual), that is surely the end of the matter: https://moonbattery.com/chauvin-prosecutors-dismiss-autopsy-findings/
06/04/2021: Shades of ‘Awakenings’?
The return of ‘sleeping sickness’ in
06/04/2021: Reagan: Just as true now as it was in 1975. eg “Balancing the budget is like protecting your virtue. You have to learn to say, ‘No’”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNmnmdtcdcg&t=100s
06/04/2021: Ouch: Trap Shooters: Stop Resting Your Shotgun Barrel On Your Foot! https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/trap-shooters-stop-resting-the-barrel-on-your-foot-nsfw/
05/04/2021: Thomson Autumn Packraft: Perhaps the last lovely canoeing day of 2021's autumn. Time to spend a few hours on one of my favourite rivers. As I mentioned in this post Thomson River Packrafting Day Trip you can enjoy a number of different day trips on this beautiful river if you haven't enough time for a multi-day trip like this Only the Moon and Me or How Green was My River. But you should some time.
I have just installed a new motorbike carrier on our old Disco so I was all
ready to try it out on a beautiful 26C autumn day with .21 metres of water at
I stopped well back Probably nearly 2 km from the end of the track as I do not fancy riding down really steep sections (old bones break too easily) or the difficulties one can encounter 4WDing back up them, so I parked my (Yamaha 225cc) motorcycle here on the Mitchell Creek Track.
This canoe trip takes about three hours. It took me about an hour to get from Cowwarr Weir to the river and about half an hour to go back from there for my bike. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/04/05/thomson-autumn-packraft/
05/04/2021: Right on Jo: The biggest ‘problem’ is alienation from the natural world and the failure of ‘education’. Capitalism has been an amazing success and the world just keeps getting to be a better place: https://joannenova.com.au/2021/04/half-the-population-trapped-in-media-fantasy-world-of-doom/
05/04/2021: So much for privacy: https://www.businessinsider.com.au/stolen-data-of-533-million-facebook-users-leaked-online-2021-4?r=US&IR=T The good news is that Zuckerburg’s phone number was amongst them: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/04/mark-zuckerbergs-phone-number-among-personal-data-533-million-facebook-users-leaked-hackers/
04/04/2021: I love Theodore Dalrymple. What a book review! Well what a book really, and no doubt written at the public expense! When you notice that your taxes have gone up you really should ask yourself where has the money gone and do you want it back? Here’s an example of this execrable book, “The negative value of the end of anthropocentrism is where the jubilance of the world begins. The everything else that comes at the end of these systems is primarily only really the end of the primacy of one isomorphic functioning mode of knowledge. Difference and proliferation which seethes beneath in a germinal state has the capacity to express when the anthropocentric mode is diminished to one of many ways, historical or majoritarian-hysterical.” As Theodore observes, “Her style made The Critique of Pure Reason seem as light and witty as The Importance of Being Earnest.” https://www.takimag.com/article/easy-to-put-down/
04/04/2021: Thank goodness there are still people like Sanjeev in the world. PS I personally remember real pandemics: polio, TB, diphtheria, small pox – malaria for goodness sakes (100 million + dead!) – just to name a few. A great many people suffered and died. Many I knew and loved. I caught and survived most of them too. But there was no economic devastation, no attack on our freedoms. Just a quiet continuing effort to conquer and eliminate the diseases themselves. This pandemic has been the enemy of the people, its freedom and its wealth – but without actually killing almost anyone: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/04/04/please-start-your-own-fear-removal-experiments-a-report-on-what-ive-found-to-date/
04/04/2021: Just an Easter reminder that
Christianity is the most oppressed religion in the world. In
03/04/2021: Hiking Hydro Power: A friend (thank you Bruce) sent me a link to one of these great gadgets which sent me off on a search of the possibilities, since many of us hike/hunt in mountain areas where there is often ample flowing water. Something like this would also be good for providing power to your Wilderness Hut.
What you have here is a Waterproofed DC dynamo powered by a prop (or turbine) basically with a transformer circuit which stabilises the output to 5 volts then charges a battery which can then be used to draw off power for a multitude of uses.
All these are small systems in the range 5 to around 20 watts which would be sufficient for most people's modest backcountry purposes providing they have access to a good steady flow of fast moving water with a good 'head' (ie fall).
This one is the 'Waterlily' one of the best priced units I found. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/04/03/hiking-hydro-power/
03/04/2021: Was Jesus in fact not
03/04/2021: Global Temperature is up .01C on the average of the last forty years. Please don’t panic: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/04/02/uah-global-temperature-update-for-march-2021-0-01-deg-c/
03/04/2021: From the Bureau of Statistics : This is what they trashed the country for – nothing to see here:
02/04/2021: The Raincoat Swag – and other mods: The humble raincoat is so often a life-saver. There is no other item so vital for your survival that you should take into the bush as some type of shelter (even if it is only the humble $2 space blanket which so easily slips in your breast pocket). For most people though that will be their raincoat, so it is important to realise just what you can do with it.
As with so many things such realisations often only come after a lifetime of failing to recognise them (hopefully this is not a fatal mistake!) I recently realised (after nearly 70 years) for example that toothpaste is a liquid. All the disputes about how to best handle toothpaste tubes come to an abrupt end after you understand this, and thenceforth always keep the tube in an upright position standing on its lid. The toothpaste always comes out easily then and keeps on doing so until the very last (unexpected you will find out) drop (or dollop)!
Of course the same is true (ie failing to recognise things) eg when people continue to wear their raincoats when caught out for prolonged periods eg overnight in heavy freezing rain. Water strips away heat at least twenty times more efficiently than does air (why it is often used to cool things; – think car radiators for example). In such a situation as the above this becomes a life-threatening situation which must be addressed by taking your raincoat off! And holding or securing it above you to create an air gap. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/04/01/the-raincoat-swag-and-other-mods/
02/04/2021: A Pocket History of Vaccination (with some surprises): https://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/the-unexpected-history-vaccines/
02/04/2021: How bright they are: solar panels charging your car overnight: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/04/therapeutic-albaneses-solar-panels-charging-the-electric-car-overnight.html
No wonder that green energy is now
perceived as an existential threat to the German economy (not just
Meanwhile, Greta Thunberg's plastic garbage filled Tesla: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8SyoRwV_To&t=62s
01/04/2021: A Good Yarn – the Maid of
01/04/2021: Alan Moran is quite right
about ‘going broke by being woke’ –
01/04/2021: Things you should know about Michel Foucault (since the whole world now sings to his playbook): https://moonbattery.com/michel-foucault-founding-father-of-wokism/
31/03/2021: I’m with this guy (completely). BTW His name ie Mark Dice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4J2SZw0Fl0
31/03/2021: Forty Years Ago Today. “Honey, I forgot to duck,” he said. What a guy: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/40-years-ago-today-ronald-reagan-was-shot-outside-a-washington-hotel
And another: Maggie, the Greatest Woman of the Twentieth Century – she certainly was: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/03/24/the-greatest-woman-of-the-twentieth-century-2/ We shall not see their like again.
31/03/2021: 100 Years of the RAAF – sorry I missed this: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/03/raaf-centenary-flypast-today-in-canberra.html
30/03/2021: What sort of country is it where you are sacked for telling obvious truths: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/03/jeremy-cordeaux-sacked-for-saying-brittany-higgins-was-a-silly-girl-who-got-drunk.html
30/03/2021: CS Lewis was so insightful, predicting so much of the modern ‘woke’ movement as long ago as WW2 in his ‘Screwtape Letters’: https://townhall.com/columnists/jaredwhitley/2021/03/27/how-cs-lewis-predicted-woke-education-could-turn-democracy-into-dictatorship-n2586801?utm_source=thdailypm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=03/27/2021&bcid=575bc00128510eae2a069e63ebe3ef4d&recip=27779883
30/03/2021: Della and I had the
Astra-Zenika vaccine yesterday. No reactions at all so far (as expected).
Given that (eg) in the
29/03/2021: Xiaomi to launch the world's first liquid lens smartphone camera: https://newatlas.com/mobile-technology/xiaomi-mi-mix-liquid-lens/
29/03/2021: A truly great primer in economics for the layman, eg: ‘The question is not whether we wish to see everybody as well off as possible. Among men of good will such an aim can be taken for granted. The real question concerns the proper means of achieving it. And in trying to answer this we must never lose sight of a few elementary truisms. We cannot distribute more wealth than is created. We cannot in the long run pay labor as a whole more than it produces. The best way to raise wages, therefore, is to raise labor productivity.’ https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2021/03/taxing-and-spending-and-failing/
29/03/2021: Men in Skirts: https://twitter.com/GuardianFashion/status/1374714123804569603?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1374714123804569603%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fmoonbattery.com%2F
“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
28/03/2021: Wonnangatta Murder Mystery: Sounds like police are getting closer to solving this. They have now narrowed the suspect/s down to someone in a dual cab ute and clearly also have some phone records which will identify him/them. Apparently they have now also brought in cadaver dogs to assist with the search and have actually increased the number of detectives working on the case: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts/4wd-key-as-police-close-in-on-high-country-suspect/news-story/876e9df34a4a3590b9b8506c18d865dc & https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/crime/cadaver-dogs-brought-in-to-search-for-missing-campers-russell-hill-and-carol-clay/news-story/97c9f02d82882d0eb20abf236031db4e
Previous: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts/drone-found-in-search-for-missing-campers-russell-hill-and-carol-clay/news-story/ae112e4e46c4d10af27164935391887c & https://www.heraldsun.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts/white-ute-remains-untraced-in-case-of-missing-campers-russell-hill-and-carol-clay/news-story/0e88d761ae1d759b592a789fb92157ad
28/03/2021: DIY Ultralight Pipe Gun: In places where they are legal people might consider making one of these eg for protection from predators of various sorts, survival situations or to secure food for the pot. They can be stowed safely in two pieces and take up very little space and weight.
When separated in its two pieces (eg in separate bags) there is very little to tell that it is a gun at all. In the one pictured below for example, if one was to weld a wheel nut sized socket on the end of the ‘handle’ I think it would pass most people’s inspection as a tool for assisting with removing flat tyres from vehicles when traveling eg around Australia.
One made in .410 gauge (which has a number of shell options including solids) would be flexible, useful, reasonably lightweight without the obvious dangers of the bigger 12 gauge brother which in many cases would be ‘overkill’ – at least for the ultralight hiker. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/03/27/diy-ultralight-pipe-gun/
28/03/2021: Now Sydney Uni wants to sack people who are ‘disrespectful’. How you would avoid this I don’t know. We were there in the early 70s when the communists were just starting to take over. They have clearly long since won. As with the ABC/SBS – and the public service in general, the communists have taken now over completely. ‘We the people’ need to sack all these folks in great numbers (say 10% per year until further notice) as they are not merely parasites on everyone but also parasites trying to control the host, not just ruin it: https://joannenova.com.au/2021/03/sydney-uni-wants-to-be-able-to-sack-disrespectful-staff/ PS: Now we have the same sort of ‘correct speech’ rubbish being insisted on in Parliament with Scott (this morning) sending his own members to ‘re-education camps’! Unbelievable.You have to be able to (give and) take the ‘rough and tumble’ boys and girls.
28/03/2021: Even with military and
cops everywhere the ‘great cities’ of the
27/03/2021: A Must Watch - Pat Condell on Free Speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epozNGNU6Yg PS: He is right about ‘common purpose’. You will be hearing more about that.
27/03/2021: Welcome to 3D Printed Houses: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/homeless-man-becomes-first-person-to-live-in-3d-printed-house-see-inside/
27/03/2021: Immigration Success Stories: “19 per cent of young people in Victorian prisons are African-‘Australians’ (despite making up less than 0.5 per cent of the state’s youth population)” https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/03/26/everything-in-moderation/
26/03/2021: Bears having fun - FF to about 1 minute in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm8WXtrmjjg&t=184s
26/03/2021: SpaceX's Starlink Raises Download Speed Goal From 1Gbps to 10Gbps (& Goodbye NBN): https://au.pcmag.com/networking/85130/spacexs-starlink-raises-download-speed-goal-from-1gbps-to-10gbps
And it’s not just SpaceX. NZ’s ‘Rocket Lab’ has launched 104 satellites: https://www.space.com/rocket-lab-launch-seven-satellites-march-2021
26/03/2021: We don’t want to be like
‘renewable powerhouse’ South
25/03/2021: A .30
25/03/2021: Things you should not do at work (or anywhere else for that matter): https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/peta-credlin-claims-historical-gay-orgies-took-place-at-parliament-house/news-story/ca0f9e7274174706c1e9bf4115a692e8
But here we have top migrants. Keep on protecting us like this, please government: https://richardsonpost.com/harryrichardson/21096/asio-cucks-to-islam/
24/03/2021:Ultralight Tipi Design: I came across this truly brilliant small DIY tipi design over at Quest Outfitters (where they sell a kit for it for US$77.50 – Mar 2021) when I was looking to buy some other DIY supplies. I was so impressed by it I asked Nick, its inventor for permission to reproduce it here and he kindly agreed. Nick has done rather a lot more work than I began with my post Seamless Tyvek Tipi. For example he has worked out where the centre is and a method to close it properly. His website has complete instructions for making the tarp in a variety of sizes. The 9′ wide one (pictured) weighs 23 oz (655 grams) in 1.3 oz/yd2 silnylon (add floor to that) and sets up with a 6′ (1.8 metre) pole. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/03/24/nixitarp-tipi-design/
24/03/2021: Drone Footage of
24/03/2021: Help, I lost my body. I’ll just grow a new one: https://www.popsci.com/story/animals/slugs-organisms-photosynthesis/
24/03/2021: Of course these floods are ‘unprecedented’. My memories of the 1955 Maitland floods are illusory as are those of my older relatives of the hottest years on record (by a long shot still) in the late 1930s. PS In some of the photos I can actually see some of my relatives: may aunt on the first floor verandah surrounded by floodwaters; my uncle manning a lifeboat in the main street & etc: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/03/a-taste-of-the-1955-floods-in-nsw.html
23/03/2021: Meanwhile sea shanties are (deservedly) back to Number One on the charts: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-56463078
23/03/2021: Just because we don’t understand prehistoric ‘writing’ doesn’t mean that it wasn’t: http://www.thehistoryblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Illustration-of-engraving-phases.jpg
23/03/2021: Regarding Parliament
House boozing and swyving: When I was an employee it was a sacking offence
to be under the influence or engage in private liaisons at work. It was not a
reason to cry out, ‘
22/03/2021: While you are enjoying the floods, can I remind you that last year’s (non-record) bushfires were supposedly brought to you by ‘global warming’ – and not Dorothea Mackellar?
22/03/2021: NB: John Maynard Keynes would have been in the poor house if he had had to make a living from his economic skills: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/03/21/keynesian-malpractice-started-early/
21/03/2021: The Nazi-Fighting Women of the Jewish Resistance: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/18/opinion/sunday/Jewish-women-Nazi-fighters.html
21/03/2021: A great article on the ‘new’ totalitarianism. This is not ‘The Black Death’. Consider this important point for example, ‘Health Minister Greg Hunt has stated on 20 February 2021 that “the world is engaged in the largest clinical trial; the largest global vaccination trial ever”. This is correct. We only have emergency use authorisation for the vaccines. This means they must be used only for a serious or life-threatening illness where it is reasonable to believe that the vaccine is effective and its benefits outweigh any risks, and when there are no adequate approved, alternative medical countermeasures. The primary endpoint for these vaccine trials has been PCR-confirmed symptomatic covid-19. Many experts believe that these studies should have examined whether the vaccine prevents frail elderly people from dying, something also not possible to determine from the studies given their small sample size in this age cohort.’ https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/03/20/political-resistance-to-totalitarian-policies/
21/03/2021: ‘The Last Assassin: The Hunt for the Killers of Julius Caesar’. Sounds like a good read. Somehow one forgets that the motivation (al la Shakespeare) for the assassination was to prevent the creation of an emperor. That worked out well. I guess you might think similarly that the motivation for the Russian revolution was the creation of a better society: https://strategypage.com/bookreviews/2159
20/03/2021: Just how long will it be before the predators work out how to scam the Sexual Consent App? https://nationalpost.com/news/world/australia-proposes-app-to-document-sexual-consent-but-experts-say-it-misinterprets-the-circumstances-of-sexual-abuse
20/03/2021: Let’s forget those big batteries and just build some new HELE or Thorium generators please: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/03/19/craig-brooking-michael-bowden-guest-post-firming-re-power-with-batteries/
20/03/2021: The Chinese military
machine is primed for world hegemony but will the regime simply collapse like
19/03/2021: The past continues to give up its secrets: https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/israel-finds-2000-yr-old-biblical-manuscripts-662148
19/03/2021: Moby Dick might have been quite devious after all: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/17/sperm-whales-in-19th-century-shared-ship-attack-information?fbclid=IwAR20F1LOWFBFzHKENoJ-eZmDFgpY4TJX7P8LzJjRsQUvZMY1o4j1EFIvBXQ
19/03/2021: Well done once again One Nation: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/03/great-work-from-malcolm-roberts-and-pauline-hanson-senate-votes-to-confirm-use-of-proper-english-lan.html
18/03/2021: Wilderness Hut: I am so glad there are others who are also not wholly smitten by the ‘leave no trace’ religion. In any number of unlikely places over the years I have come across ingeniously constructed huts and fishing/hunting camps sprinkled (without eg Government or Parks Vic’s blessing or knowledge) throughout our wonderful Victorian mountains.
These are not the (official) huts that ‘everyone’ knows about – and which even appear on maps – like the one at Black Snake Creek on the Wonnangatta River which is nearly a hundred years old now (constructed by the last resident of that 1930’s gold mining town, Harry Gee).
The huts I am speaking of were constructed with great effort and skill away from vehicular access, and usually well camouflaged so that they are not readily found by aerial searches. If a hut is only around 10′ x 10′ (or less) – adequate for comfy shelter for (say) four people on a winter’s night, and has been blotch-painted, it is extremely hard to find on Google Earth – even when you know exactly where it is. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/03/18/wilderness-hut/
18/03/2021: Our education system is a mess. Naplan was the single Gillard achievement I supported but it has been gutted by the trendies. Vast amounts of cash wasted on useless years of ‘schooling’ without improving actual education which is now worse than it was when my parents were at school in the 1920s: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/03/17/education-cover-up/
18/03/2021: Sometimes you have doubts about your own child raising. Who really is the child abuser here: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/03/activist-attacked-streets-montreal-campaigning-giving-puberty-blockers-children/ & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/03/horror-father-faces-arrest-jail-time-trying-stop-doctors-transitioning-middle-school-daughter-boy-video/ & Wow: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/03/wth-8-year-old-social-media-star-dating-13-year-old-influencer-moms-blessing/
18/03/2021: Harrison Bergeron is coming to a town near you: https://lawliberty.org/harrison-bergerons-equitable-tyranny/
15/03/2021: My Octopus Teacher – worth a look: https://www.netflix.com/au/title/81045007
15/03/2021: If this is happening in a democracy imagine what it will be like under Chinese rule: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/03/two-years-uk-testing-new-globalist-surveillance-technology-tracks-stores-web-browsing-every-british-citizen/
15/03/2021: I said it weeks ago, but WA has proved me right: conservatives must stop following commies down their rat holes: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/03/13/aussie-green-conservative-leader-obliterated-in-state-election/
14/03/2021: Windy Old Weather: 'Windy Old Weather'. I guess you have all heard the old sea shanty at one time or another and you know the refrain, 'When the wind blows, We'll all go together'.
If you are high on some solitary mountain top in the Victorian Alps and a 'Southerly Buster' comes rolling in off the Bight, or you are hiking the South Coast Track on the bottom of Tassie in the 'Roaring Forties' it is all too likely your tent will disappear into the night like the Cheshire Cat's smile. There are ways to avoid this. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/03/14/windy-old-weather/
14/03/2021: Astonishing: Chopping wood without arms – no NDIS for him I suspect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTuMkLwxm-U
14/03/2021: A Terrifying Eye Opener: ‘There is nor flying hence nor tarrying here. I gin to be aweary of the sun, And wish the estate o' the world were now undone.’ (Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5) Understanding Nihilism: ‘At the core of totalitarian thought and behavior is the practice of forfeiting personhood to a consecrated idea. When a society elevates the idea above the sanctity of individual life, citizens suffer abuse, coercion, violence, and pain. Millions die because political idolatry presupposes perpetual human sacrifice.’ https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/history/articles/anna-geifman-russian-revolution
13/03/2021: Amazing drone footage inside a bowling alley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgS54fqKxf0&t=87s
13/03/2021: Clearly we need Orcas, not Barracudas. This costly mistake needs to be ended forthwith: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2021/03/our-unstoppable-cane-toad-class-submarines/ The biggest ‘elephant’ is the enormous expansion of the Chinese military – especially its navy. Now almost larger than the combined fleets of the rest of the world – and you didn’t think there was going to be a World War 3?
13/03/2021: Ancient Greek Antikythera ‘computer’ decoded: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/12/scientists-move-closer-to-solving-mystery-of-antikythera-mechanism?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
12/03/2021: An Ultralight Hammock: You can now make a hammock which weighs (well) under 150 grams including suspensions system! Given that you can also make a hammock tarp which weighs less than this (too) including tie-outs and pegs, (so a total carry weight of sub 300 grams!) you should seriously consider hammocking as an option, or at least as an alternative choice to your tent when you fail to find a suitable tent site at the end of a long day.
This is particularly apposite (in forested areas obviously) when you can expect very wet conditions (as in Fiordland). If you are unable to camp on the ground, you will be in very serious trouble indeed (there) if you only have a ten or tarp. People die. Be warned. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/03/12/an-ultralight-hammock/
12/03/2021: Remember Gulliver encountering this guy, ‘He had
been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers,
which were to be put in vials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air
in raw inclement summers’?
12/03/2021: The new censorship method. I must say I have already experienced this –indeed the whole cancel culture phenomenon is seriously worrying: https://joannenova.com.au/2021/03/upper-class-copying-censorship-tactics-from-china/
12/03/2021: What was
it all about?
11/03/2021: The burger goes the way of the dodo? Maybe, ‘They’re aren’t eating or drinking this stuff because they like it but because their cult tells them to.’ Exactly. Yesterday I was standing behind a loud customer at the garage who loudly declaimed he wanted a cheese and spinach ‘pie’ because he ‘is a vegetarian’ – so ‘cheese is made from vegetables now? And no calves need die either? ‘None so pure as the pure in heart’ https://www.thepiratescove.us/2021/03/08/ny-times-wonders-if-the-burger-is-nearing-extinction/
spending $5000 a month to live in a tent, or paying someone $5,000 a month to
do so: https://moonbattery.com/san-francisco-homeless-tents-cost-5121-per-month/
Well what about the
10/03/2021: Megan: https://twitter.com/i/status/1368339538473582595
10/03/2021: Do Complex Numbers Exist? As you can see it is not just ‘moral philosophers’ and counter culture warriors who argue about such minutiae: https://backreaction.blogspot.com/2021/03/do-complex-numbers-exist.html
10/03/2021: We can already measure the effect of the welfare state on intelligence. It was clear to me back when Hayden decided to introduce the ‘supporting mother’s pension’ which was followed by a rush of state-fathered children from young women who would have struggled to find any worthwhile husband that what would ensue would be an increase in children of lower intelligence. Meanwhile smarter women were forced into the workforce (partly to support this army of state-supported ‘wives’) and so were able to afford fewer children. This has been going on for three generations now. Is it any wonder that general intelligence has declined by over 10%? As I have reflected before ‘welfare’ is not an act of kindness. The time will come when those so produced and supported can no longer be supported by the productive members of society. No amount of ‘education’ or ‘welfare’ spending can prevent this. First of all the money simply has to come from somewhere. Finally there will be an awful ‘re-balancing’. Evolution is not kind. https://pjmedia.com/columns/david-solway-2/2021/02/10/the-decline-of-intelligence-in-the-west-n1424731
10/03/2021: So much for a ‘dead reef’. Things look different if you take a closer look: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/03/07/who-ate-the-green-plate/
09/03/2021: Not their drone: https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/news/drone-not-linked-to-missing-victorian-campers-russell-hill-and-carol-clay/news-story/f59c354b073cc90ead926620d417e119 & https://www.9news.com.au/national/carol-clay-russell-hill-car-sought-by-police-in-relation-to-missing-campers-victoria/e7007480-488d-4931-beac-41637645d072
09/03/2021: Have to listen to the UN: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/03/03/united-nations-demands-an-end-to-solar-panels-and-wind-turbines/
works against Covid: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0247163
yet the FDA (in the
09/03/2021: This should be graven in stone above every
school portal: ‘Every politically
controlled educational system will inculcate the doctrine of state supremacy
sooner or later. . . . Once that doctrine has been accepted, it becomes an
almost superhuman task to break the stranglehold of the political power over
the life of the citizen. It has had his body, property and mind in its clutches
from infancy. An octopus would sooner release its prey. A tax-supported,
compulsory educational system is the complete model of the totalitarian state.’
Isabel Paterson, The God of the Machine (1943). An interesting point and one
which our leftist teachers and journalists labor (sic) to cement. However, the
more you insist on a thing, the more you create the desire to rebel. Enquiry
(and enterprise) are not yet vanished from the earth. For too many generations
the public has been gulled into thinking government is the solution to every
problem rather than its cause. The (relative) size and domination of government
has grown apace. A couple of generations ago it was at around 10% of the
economy, a point already beyond necessity and from which it should not have
been allowed to expand
08/03/2021: Trouble With Water Filters: I have learned this about water filters. When your need is greatest they do not filter water! This is a serious problem!
My late uncle Ken Jones used always to wear a felt hat (as did his father George – and so on no doubt into the mists of time). This was a certainly sound practice and I may have Della making me some to my own design (she is a master/mistress feltmaker).
He used always to place his hat upside down into a muddy puddle using it to filter the worst of the muck then drink from the inside of the hat. At least you get a drink.
A water filter blocks almost immediately if the water is at all muddy – so if it is really only good for filtering tap water, what good is it really?
You need to make use of some sort of garment like this as my uncle/grandfather used to do. Perhaps collecting the water then pouring it though the garment filter a number of times until it is suitable for the water filter (or just for drinking)! Mind you I have drunk black water many times and I am not dead (yet)!'
Yes, this is absolutely true, your 'wonderful' Sawyer Mini or Katahdin etc water filter will block up almost instantly if you are in dire need and must filter really muddy water such as that from a sambar wallow, animal soak, or roadside puddle etc and you will gain no drinkable water at all from it.
It will work well in filtering crystal clear tap or stream water should you
think you need to. Many people do not, including myself. It could be useful in
removing eg viruses from questionable water sources in rural
A (wool) felt beret or beanie on the other hand will keep you head nice and warm on a cold night and also make a rather nasty puddle into something which is fit to drink. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/03/08/trouble-with-water-filters/
08/03/2021: Wonnangatta Breakthrough? https://7news.com.au/news/missing-person/drone-found-during-search-for-missing-campers-russell-hill-and-carol-clay-in-victoria-c-2307626?fbclid=IwAR37JPvYQDaKzztKBi-cQfC4kus0Kk9WT_uXlKhw3n8DQk8A3coLxI2wAjY
08/03/2021: Was Covid testing actually about DNA screening the entire population: https://thenationalpulse.com/exclusive/bgi-genomics-gates-foundation-collab/
08/03/2021: Arizona tries to get to the bottom of its voter fraud (which saw a voter turn-out of 105% you may remember) but lots of shredding and other shenanigans are preventing disclosure: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/03/breaking-exclusive-ballots-arizonas-maricopa-county-found-shredded-dumpster-days-senate-audit-begin/ & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/03/breaking-exclusive-early-indications-ballots-found-shredded-maricopa-county-dumpster-completed-ballots-2020-election/ & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/03/past-week-maricopa-county-board-supervisors-unilaterally-loaded-ballots-onto-trucks-stored-open-warehouse-ignoring-proper-safeguarding-controls/ & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/03/finding-shredded-ballots-dumpster-earlier-today-mysterious-fire-breaks-maricopa-county-officials-farm/ And where is the FBI in all this?
08/03/2021: BLM are stupid:
07/03/2021: The bank robber's perfect getaway vehicle - a 75 mph scooter: https://escooternerds.com/fastest-electric-scooters/?fbclid=IwAR1Nb6G4ZiGh7lIS9bUAbswKXcZglhOF2oGMXR9IB6ENsmxsDnqa_nA9wBM
07/03/2021: How do you extinguish a lithium battery fire? You Don’t. Great idea: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/03/04/how-do-you-extinguish-a-lithium-battery-fire/
07/03/2021: Of course, why didn’t I think of that: Academics called breastfeeding 'ethically problematic' because it endorses 'gender roles’. Their view is gaining traction: https://www.campusreform.org/article?id=16833
06/03/2021: Wonnangatta Murder Update: A reader has alerted me to this new ‘documentary’ which you my or may not have caught. You can watch it for free by creating an account at the link/s: https://9now.nine.com.au/60-minutes/60-minutes-under-investigation-where-are-carol-clay-and-russell-hill/dfcacbb3-7507-4cd6-aa43-078d242c94a0 & https://www.9now.com.au/under-investigation/2021/episode-1
As with much of the earlier reporting this one also
illustrates the poor quality of journalism in
This does re-introduce the possibility of one of them having been accidentally shot by ‘yahoo’’ spotlighters who then shot the other one to conceal their crime then disposed of the bodies and burned their camp (for like reason). As I said earlier, for this to have happened there would have to have been two perpetrators (one driving the car, handling the lights, the other with the gun).
If only one person, then the person would have realised they were seeing a human in the time between seeing the ‘eyes’ and stopping the car/picking up the gun. Two people would also make it easier to heft the bodies (so a tray truck could be involved).
I still think this is unlikely as surely there were other people within heaing of gunshot/s who would have by now reported same to police so that we would have heard of shooting/s.
The programme makes much of a ‘cowboy figure’ who was involved in the search (wearing a Stetson and leather soled boots no less!) This person reports having found a beheaded deer carcass within 50 metres of Russell’s camp (and ‘many’ others) which was ‘less than two days old’
But ‘his’ search took place a week after their disappearance! If it was shot after the couple disappeared that would be a surprise! If before, then it would not have been ‘fresh’ and would have been thoroughly eaten by wild dogs etc.
This person also claims to have talked to ‘a blackberry sprayer’ who ‘saw’ Russell’s drone flying over their own camp on the Friday ‘night’. This would be interesting ‘new’ evidence if true, but it is highly questionable. For a start police would have certainly mentioned this ‘fact’ much earlier.
Mind you, if it is true it might indicate that Russell realised he had been followed and wanted to get a look at his follower. Suspicion might re-focus on the ‘Button Man’ if this were the case, but I suspect the ‘evidence’ is pretty thin.
The programme also claimed that Russell had camped at ths spot ‘a week before’ and had intimate knowledge of the valley (even having built the Zeka track) but earlier reporting explained how Russell had radioed his friend before he drove into the valley for instructions about how to get there, and claimed that he had (likely) camped at the Crossroads the week before and also the night before.
The ‘cowboy’ further claimed that Russell and Carol’s cards (not credit cards or money) had been taken out of their wallets and scattered around in the car and that the car was left locked and that the keys were missing. Earlier reporting however said that the keys were in the vehicle.
This report claimed that Russell’s elastic-sided boots and both ‘sleeping bags’ were missing as well as the previously mentioned phones and drone. This would be new and interesting/puzzling ‘evidence’ if it had the slightest chance of being true. Goodness only knows.
The ‘forensic fire’ expert and the ex-detective were absolutely hopeless. For example, the former claimed to have examined the flammability of the tent etc and claimed that it would not have continued burning unless there was an accelerant (something police had already given an opinion about), but he missed the obvious fact that the fly had burned away completely in the air even scorching the side of the car where it was tied but not the ground beneath – clearly without an accelerant!
As for the detective, he let the ‘cowboy’ tell of a nearby camper who was allegedly overflown by a drone, then speculate about the couple having been shot by deer hunters though the ‘neighbour’ failed to notice that fairly obvious (loud) fact! Really, the people who put this show together were simply idiots. They do not even seem to have bothered to have read previous accounts and police reports about the incident. They have just decided to try to create something out of nothing.
Unfortunately I do not think the programme adds anything to our knowledge of this mystery. I sill think a careful search (on foot) of the strip of bush within fifty yards of all the tracks leading out of the valley needs to be undertaken (if it has not been already). This might find items of clothing which would lead to scattered remains. It is unlikely though that even finding the bodies now would point us to the perpetrator/s.
This double murder may go down in history as just as unsolved as the two which took place at (nearly) the same spot a hundred years before. The previous murder may even be the biggest clue to this particular mystery. Five police are apparently still working full-time on the case. Older, more baffling cases than this have eventually been solved. People often slip up or blab for example.
06/03/2021: And you think we have bushfires today? On the graphs here the present (left hand side) is nothing compared with 4,000 years ago. No wonder the megafauna were wiped out: https://joannenova.com.au/2021/03/massive-fires-far-worse-4000-years-ago-in-northern-australia/
06/03/2021: The ‘stolen generations’ myth is such nonsense – how come no-one (particularly aboriginals) noticed it at the time it was allegedly happening: https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2021/03/cancelling-australian-history/
06/03/2021: Most of the human story is underneath the sea – like these amazing caves: https://notesonliberty.com/2021/03/04/cave-paintings-and-elementary-science-2/
longship twice as long as Colombus’s tub
05/03/2021: Starship X: All that success, and then disaster: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/breaking-space-x-starship-10-sticks-the-landing/
04/03/2021: Back from the Dead. I never thought I would see my father (who died when I was 13, long before there were videos) ever smile again, but here he is. The world is an amazing place. Try it yourself: https://blog.myheritage.com/2021/02/new-animate-the-faces-in-your-family-photos/
Original Photo for comparison:
PS: I have had to turn this into a small GIF to post it here, but on my home computer it is a beautifully clear full screen moving picture. Utterly astonishing.
04/03/2021: New techniques will continue to open ‘boxes’ which are closed to us now (eg the ‘animated faces’ I posted about a couple of days ago), and now this: http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/60881
04/03/2021: I think Dick the Butcher had it about right: From Henry VI, part 2, Act 4, Scene 2:
Be brave, then; for your captain is brave, and vows
reformation. There shall be in
halfpenny loaves sold for a penny: the three-hooped
pot; shall have ten hoops and I will make it felony
to drink small beer: all the realm shall be in
common; and in
grass: and when I am king, as king I will be,--
God save your majesty!
I thank you, good people: there shall be no money;
all shall eat and drink on my score; and I will
apparel them all in one livery, that they may agree
like brothers and worship me their lord.
The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.
Nay, that I mean to do. Is not this a lamentable
thing, that of the skin of an innocent lamb should
be made parchment? that parchment, being scribbled
o'er, should undo a man? Some say the bee stings:
but I say, 'tis the bee's wax; for I did but seal
once to a thing, and I was never mine own man
since. How now! who's there?’
04/03/2021: Christian Porter: The (real) law has dealt with the matter. The case is closed: https://michaelsmithnews.typepad.com/.a/6a0177444b0c2e970d027880193ad8200d-pi The same cannot be said of Shorten’s (alleged) rape of Kathy Sherriff!
03/03/2021: Worth knowing: T-rex would need to consume @ one ten year old child per day in order to survive. I'm sure we have all known at least one of the latter who would best be utilised in this way (Think: little brother/sister!) Alternatively each T-rex would need about 80 Big Macs, so even a small town could support a few: http://what-if.xkcd.com/78/
03/03/2021: Clearly time we all chose to be aborigine (as I have long advocated) and so completely end this racial divide. Clearly there are many people who have already made this lifestyle choice: https://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news/opinion/andrew-bolt-its-time-to-choose-your-identity/news-story/1548ca18118198dfa7ba54c56b9bd259
03/03/2021: 90% of the CO2 increase
over the last decade came from
02/03/2021: Double the Fun – no
licence required (in the
02/03/2021: You worry about the redback on the toilet seat – this woman was bitten on the arse by a bear in the dunny: https://www.wtxl.com/news/national-news/alaska-woman-using-outhouse-attacked-by-bear-from-below
02/03/2021: Do you hate ‘diversity’ too – I know I do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bjcCwWnUsE&feature=emb_title
01/03/2021: Happy Trails: Thanks to reader Normand for this suggestion: People often ask when I am going to start making versions of my DIY tents for sale, and the answer remains, ‘How long is a piece of string?’
It is hard to get into a completely new enterprise post-70. If there is someone out there who wants to partner with me in the development and marketing of some of my ‘inventions’ (and take the lion’s share of the rewards) please get in contact.
Meanwhile, Normand’s suggestion for a similar tent to some of mine is the excellent firm Appy Trails Lightweight Tents who offer some very economical lightweight shelters though these do not double as hammock shelters as my Deer Hunter’s tent #2, Grey Flyer and 10 x 10 Tarp do.
However, they are available right now from US$39.95 (tarp tent) & US$99/95 3 Person Tent. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/02/28/happy-trails/
01/03/2021: Wow! Haircut Using Chainsaw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fToKIr0RAY&feature=emb_title
01/03/2021: The Great Greening
Continues – up 10% so far this century. The Sahara alone added 700,000 square
kilometres of new vegetation (ie three
01/03/2021: A frightening thing if we are also so divided that there is no common ground. I suspect this us so. The Left’s world view and agenda is just completely different.: https://joannenova.com.au/2021/02/herding-the-democrat-school-of-fish-toward-civil-war/
01/03/2021: A colossal pandemic, only
hardly anyone died. Peter Smith takes a look at the Maths. Turns out in the
28/02/2021:Wonnangatta Proof Testing:
skid pad canoe repairs on a delightful overnight trip on a couple of
beautiful warm days with abundant water from
28/02/2021: Before Ernie Dingo invented ‘Welcome to Country’ the normal practice amongst aboriginal groups was wife swapping – perhaps we should re-introduce this? You start first: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/bennelong-papers/2021/02/welcome-to-country-bogus-but-preferable/
28/02/2021: The F-35 debacle. Maybe we shouldn’t have bought in to them? As for the subs, forget it: https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/us-admits-f-35-failed-to-replace-f-16-as-planned-needs-new-fighter-jet-44483
28/02/2021: Blind Freddie could see
we have not been told ‘the truth’ about Covid, but this evidence of its
development going back to 2014 (and US involvement) as well as the development
of a vaccine (by Moderna in 2019) even before the release of the virus is
deeply unsettling. Clearly Covid was/is a biological weapon which has been
released under the aegis of the CCP (but with connivance of its ‘running dogs’
in the West – eg the Democrats) whose purpose has been to destroy capitalism
(and especially Donald Trump). We have so far still failed to see the true
extent of this wickedness (and if Tech Giant censorship continues we may
Meanwhile, The medical case for Ivormectin and Hydroxychloroquine – when will the government let up and allow people to be saved. There is solid research evidence from multiple studies and support from a horde of eminent epidemiologists: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2021/02/the-tga-a-suitable-case-for-treatment/
Cheap supplements like Vitamin B6 may save lots of lives too: https://joannenova.com.au/2021/02/vitamin-b6-may-reduce-the-cytokine-storms-of-covid/#more-76255
27/02/2021: Gerber Folding Machete: The Gerber Folding Machete. What a brilliant idea! Length 15.1 in -38 cm (unfolded - about half that folded) Weight 18 oz around 500 grams. You can chop, split or shave with it, and it fits comfortably and safely in your pack (or on your hip via the included pouch) US$139 (Feb 2021).
It is probably not a replacement for the World's Greatest Machete for serious track clearing (or this beauty) but it is awesome and handy. You really need to carry a fixed blade of some sort for splitting woods to Light a Fire in the Wet - a point I have made many times before. If you have no other source of water, you need a hatchet or similar cutting tool to get at standing wood in saplings (See Hatchet). This may be your perfect survival tool. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/02/27/gerber-folding-machete/
27/02/2021: No bushfires in
27/02/2021: About ‘critical race theory’. (Some folks struggle to even belong to the human race): https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/02/26/but-we-did-invent-hamburgers-pizza-and-doughnuts/
27/02/2021: About historic and hysteric ‘rape’ allegations. Bringing such allegations in a timely manner (ie when the alleged offecnces occurred) and to the proper authorities (eg the police) so that a thorough, balanced and forensic examination of the evidence can occur (to the advantage of both players in the drama) is surely the central issue. The further in the past such ‘incidents’ are said to have occurred the more chance there is of their being spurious (as in the Pell case), and needlessly waste valuable time, money and damage reputations. When large amounts of alcohol are involved and the ‘victim’ can’t even remember whether they ‘consented’ at the time, the issue is absurd. Don’t put yourself in such situations. If you do, wear the consequences. Frankly I feel that people who have been proven to have brought false allegations of this kind (as shown by the proven innocence of the alleged perpetrator) should suffer a reciprocal punishment, eg perjury. Scurrilous journalists such as Louise Milligan who so wrongly demonised Pell should also suffer some recriminations. She has again begun a (32 year old) witch hunt instigated (allegedly) by an (anonymous) dead woman who may well have been mentally unbalanced against a cabinet minister – a case which cannot be brought by the police. Really? If a court can not be the arbiter, I don’t believe Ms Milligan should be permitted to be. Understand this, I am not in favour of rape: indeed I am in favour of the death penalty for just such ‘beasts’, but there must be clear proof.
26/02/2021: It had to come: Woman marries Herself. (Probably lucky to find someone who would have her): https://moonbattery.com/life-coach-marries-herself/
26/02/2021: Thousands of images from Mars: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/multimedia/images/
26/02/2021: Surfing With Goats: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-02-06/surf-like-a-goat-at-the-san-clemente-pier
26/02/2021: Time to read this book I think (just check out the contents page – I suspect you will agree) ‘Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now’ by Dr. Gordon Livingston: https://www.amazon.com/Too-Soon-Old-Late-Smart/dp/1569243735#reader_1569243735
26/02/2021: When the lunatics are in
charge of the asylum: ‘We should be outraged that somebody is talking to a
3-year-old about changing their sex’. (
25/02/2021: Kevlar Skid Pads : O
Just like everyone else my only experience of fibreglassing is in filling a few rust holes in old bomb cars over the years, but I was ‘willing to give it a go’. The result works even if it is not pretty. I can see ways that I can improve, and with fibreglass you can always come back and add another layer, or more resin, which this job needs. It also encourages me to try a bigger project some time (such as a complete canoe – who knows? Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/02/25/kevlar-skid-pads/
25/02/2021: A True Connoisseur: This guy uses ‘high tech’ to skal a jug of beer quicker than Bob Hawke: https://old.reddit.com/r/holdmybeer/comments/ljimdp/hmb_while_i_test_out_my_new_power_straw/
25/02/2021: Facebook ups the ante on internet censorship. I do not think ‘the problem’ is fixable under Biden et al. It may well come to MeWe and the like too. Welcome to the Brave New World where even Newsweek is considered seditious (and any discussion of eg Covid or Fauci will have you in Facebook gaol): https://rosebyanyothernameblog.wordpress.com/2021/02/23/totalitarian-censorship/
PS: Fauci is clearly a megalomaniac: https://twitter.com/MattWalshBlog/status/1364279060512333836
25/02/2021: Has the West Already Fallen? You should read these two articles: https://joannenova.com.au/2021/02/the-disinformation-campaign-about-disinformation/ & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/warning-america-four-steps-marxist-takeover-activated-2020/
24/02/2021: On Horseback Among the Eagle Hunters and Herders of the Mongolian Altai: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/22/travel/mongolia-eagle-hunters.html?referringSource=articleShare
24/02/2021: Just a reminder, they hanged General Tomoyuki 75 years ago for ‘command responsibility’ for war crimes which took place under his watch. This has been the legal situation ever since, yet our leaders always seem to try to ‘dodge the bullet’. Always someone else’s fault! https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/02/otd-75-years-ago-japanese-general-tomoyuki-yamashita-hanged-for-command-responsibility-for-war-crime.html
23/02/2021: Thoughts from 2013 - just as relevant today, alas! Apartheid #5: ‘A touch of the tar-brush’ folks used to say of this ‘coz’ or that – or eg an uncle of mine still lost at Fromelles - just to emphasize their dusky hue - but to imply no such racial slur (or mercenary claim) as may be presupposed today. Folks back then supposed it would be extremely unlikely if we hadn’t almost all picked up the odd gene or two from Oz’s original inhabitants in the course of two and a quarter centuries of mingling on the same soil. Likely this remains true for most - and highlights the mockery of those who stress that ancestry above all others, and also place it ahead of their allegiance to be Australian – something which we (rightly) expect and receive from most recently arrived immigrants and certainly from first generation Aussies, but for some reason sadly there remain some who after 225 years still don’t want to be Australians, though they are all too happy to take our hand-outs! (On ‘welfare’ for 200 years and still believing a debt exists!) The claim of ‘aboriginality’ is at best weird racist drivel; at worst it is much more sinister - akin only (in my experience) to the Nazis’ insistence on being Aryan. Naturally I expected that my Family History research would turn up a plethora of aboriginal ancestors given how dark a number of my relatives were – and how my dear old mum took it for granted (and in her stride – as you always did back then), but it turns out most of these darker hued cousins, uncles, aunts etc I have been able to trace spring from a French Great-Grandfather (Marius Sanlaville) who a cousin of my father once said had been known as the ‘negro Frenchman.’ Given that his (paternal) ancestors were in Lyon back in the C13th (one having even been commemorated as mayor back then), clearly the ‘negro’ ancestry must have come in the maternal line somewhere, somewhen back in France (It would have been diluted too much to still show after seven centuries). Of course I wasn’t going to make any citizenship claims or such based on my one-eighth French ancestry nor plead any land rights etc based on this one maternal presumably ‘negro’ ancestor either, (maybe from one of the French Caribbean colonies?) It is all just part of the interesting hodge-podge mix of who we are. Over-riding it all in importance is who we are AS human beings ie: do we pull our weight, do we ‘eat what is set before us’, are we as ‘good as our word,’ do we ‘expect nothing and give all’, do we do ‘a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay’, do we believe ‘my country over all,’ do we ‘give the shirt off our backs’, do we disdain a handout, & etc…Think on it!
22/02/2021: Khoresh: foods I have never tasted: https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/food/articles/khoresh-stew-unites-iranian-jewish-expatriates
22/02/2021: Ending Racist Maths - Objectiviity and the concept of a ‘right answer’ are just so white supremacist: https://coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2021/02/are-the-woke-a-false-flag-operation-of-white-supremacists.html & Why Maths is racist: ‘I suppose it would be possible to come up with a better plan to destroy black academic performance than by telling black students not to worry about getting the right answer to a math problem, but I can’t think what it would be’ https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/02/why-math-is-racist.php
22/02/2021: Facebook chooses not to censor pedophiles. Whose side are they on: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/02/20/the-government-demands-to-share-platform-with-pedophiles/
22/02/2021: A Magnetic Field Flip 42,000 years ago was cataclysmic – and it could happen again anytime: https://joannenova.com.au/2021/02/extinction-level-event-42000-years-ago-earths-magnetic-field-shrank-to-nothing/
21/02/2021: Dylan Thomas Reading ‘A
Child’s Christmas in
21/02/2021: Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
('after this, therefore because of this’) is the form of a famous logical
fallacy that once anyone who gained a formal education would have known to
avoid. Today, despite an enormous increase in the quantity of schooling the
quality of education is abysmal so that practically no-one appreciates logic
any more. But let me take a case in point. You might have recently (9/02)
noticed a post of mine about the quantity of ‘warming’ revealed by the
satellite records ie .12C altogether in just under 50 years with an error bar
of probably a little greater than that. That is zero warming over a period of
fifty years. This is the totality of so-called ‘global warming. We also have
‘data’ that shows the level of CO2 in the atmosphere has increased during that
time from an infinitesimal amount to a slightly larger infinitesimal amount
(300-350 parts per million!) As an aside we also know that the human created
(anthropocentric) percentage of that CO2 has remained pretty much unchanged
since it was first measurable (c 70 years ago) at about 3%. That is 97% of the
CO2 is ‘natural’ – so that there is little or anything we can do about it, save
‘lay back and think of
21/02/2021: Having Neanderthal Ancestors offers Covid Protection: I guess they just don’t want to tell us that having red/blonde hair and blue eyes protects from Covid. Might be racist or something: https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/other/539323-genetic-mutation-inherited-from-neanderthals-could-help-protect?amp
21/02/2021: Climate forecasters are completely unable to predict the weather one month or three months ahead (even when just betting on ‘the average’ would have them right 90% of the time) yet we are expected to act when they make idiotic predictions about the weather one hundred years hence – as if anyone could ‘get it wrong’ by making any centennial predictions as no-one alive will be around then to naysay them! https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/02/19/friday-funny-nature-makes-a-mockery-of-month-ahead-model-forecasts/
crops of purple skinned, yellow-fleshed prunes had been steadily diminishing until a couple of weeks ago a wind bought down half of the tree, leaving only a small portion of rotted trunk and associated limbs behind.
We have yet to remove the debris, but as the plums on the fallen branches were ready for picking I was able to get a reasonable harvest as the whole crop was within my reach for once! No doubt the birds felt cheated by my advantage. Usually we just eat what we can manage fresh, but this year's haul made me think of drying the prunes. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/02/22/prunes/
18/02/2021: Suffer the little children. It must never happen again: http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/60759
18/02/2021: Happy times in
18/02/2021: It’s OK to commit rape if you are from the Labor Party: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/02/17/feminist-tub-thumpers-to-the-rescue/ & https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/02/kathy-sherriffs-statement-and-the-new-victorian-trial-laws-which-should-result-in-a-rape-trial-for-b.html & https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/02/will-the-prime-minister-accept-kathy-sherriffs-offer-to-be-a-part-of-this-process.html
18/02/2021: Now watch carefully: this is how you do it: https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2021/02/16/accidental-blast-bomb-making-class-kills-30-taliban/
17/02/2021: One can only hope they gave him no pain killers: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/02/nsw-coroner-passes-on-sincere-and-respectful-condolences-to-ivan-milats-family-for-their-loss.html
17/02/2021: ‘There ain’t no ticks like poly-ticks. Bloodsuckers all!’ Davy Crockett.
17/02/2021: Long since time to end the Covid lunacy we should never have fallen for in the first place – even where countries basically did nothing, in real terms basically no-one died, so why the huge costs to freedom and the economy: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2021/02/the-covid-normal-notion-of-liberty/ & https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/02/16/covid-and-the-political-economy-of-mass-hysteria/
17/02/2021: Lord Monckton is such a breath of fresh air, and so profoundly literate. To read his article this morning is just such a delight. Eg ‘It is the mission of the scientist to gaze at the universe, from the tiniest particle to the vastest galaxy, and to say, “I wonder!” and then “I wonder?” For the true scientist is in awe of the beauty and intricacy and simplicity and complexity of all that he observes; but above all he is incurably curious about it.
A real university, then, fosters not automatic and unthinking adherence to some drab, dreich, transiently-fashionable totalitarian orthodoxy that in all material respects flies artfully in the face of the data, the facts and the scientific method, but the greatest of all the charisms of the true scientist – eternally-unsatisfied curiosity.
Curiosity is the signature of the libertarian mind: with Pontius Pilate, the real scientist asks the question of all questions: Quid est veritas? “What is the truth?”’ https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/02/16/the-vice-that-is-virtue-signaling/
16/02/2021: Still vast crowds turning
out for President Trump but no-one for Biden – where did all his voters come
from: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/wow-half-million-patriots-watch-trump-celebration-west-palm-beach-florida-rsbn/ I hear he may run for Congress in 2022 and
16/02/2021: Extraordinary stuff: Did Fauci create the coronavirus: https://nypost.com/2020/04/29/dr-fauci-backed-controversial-wuhan-lab-studying-coronavirus/ & https://richardsonpost.com/howellwoltz/20543/peruvian-court-rules-gates-soros-and-rockefellers-created-coronovirus/ & Why has India’s Covid epidemic crashed: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/02/01/962821038/the-mystery-of-indias-plummeting-covid-19-cases Wuhan bat cages: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9257413/Secret-bat-cages-Wuhan-lab-researchers-planned-breed-animals-virus-experiments.html Still not sure what vaccine to get: https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/pfizer-moderna-vaccines-long-term-chronic-illness/ & https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/cdc-witholding-information-1170-dead-following-covid-injections-almost-twice-as-many-deaths-as-found-in-vaers/ & https://principia-scientific.com/uk-government-releases-shocking-report-on-covid-vaccine-side-effects/
15/02/2021: Duh! Of course it will. All the more reason to have your cheap effective treatments available in the fridge/cupboard for when you eventually do get it: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/doctors-warn-covid-will-become-endemic-and-people-need-to-learn-to-live-with-it/ar-BB1dCMBV?ocid=msedgntp Better than this: Covid Loneliness
15/02/2021: Amazing – music from 18,000 years ago: http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/60733
15/02/2021: UFOs – will we soon know what they are: https://www.newsmax.com/us/pentagon-ufos-roswell-space/2021/02/13/id/1009928/ & https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/pentagon-drops-ufo-bombshell/
15/02/2021: US election fraud news
continues eg Seems like Trump should have won New Hampshire: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/recently-uncovered-new-hampshire-fraud-confirms-reporting-november-unearths-fourth-method-democrats-used-steal-2020-election/
& https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/developing-new-hampshire-department-justice-refuses-investigate-largest-voting-machine-counting-error-state-history/ and Virginia too: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/web-reports-not-confirmed-virginia-delegate-chris-head-responds-ballot-dumps-300000-biden-votes-doesnt-seem-care/
Maybe even Colorado: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/colorado-colorados-2020-election-results-also-suspect-bidens-numbers-raise-serious-red-flags-alleged-turnout-like-saddams-iraq-us/
That’s as well as Wisconsin (already decided in his favor by the courts –
though electoral college votes have not yet been transferred), Arizona (in play
– the legislature there is suing their own election officials and sec of
State), Michigan (some very live cases there too), Pennsylvania (a number of
cases still to be heard), and Georgia (likewise). Taken together this would
give Trump around 400 electoral college votes (270 needed). There are multiple
Supreme Court cases still to be heard (some even maybe this month) and others
might well be launched as evidence becomes available. (
14/02/2021: Dan the Man
14/02/2021: Bernard Cornwell seems to
be right: Stonehenge was moved from
14/02/2021: Donald is Innocent: But brickbats to a handful of RINO snakes. They will not be elected again: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/breaking-senate-votes-57-43-acquit-donald-trump-seven-republicans-voted-convict/ Hats off to the Don: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/breaking-trump-releases-statement-following-impeachment-acquittal/
14/02/2021: I’m sure our BOM is
fiddling the figures as hard as it can to confirm it is the hottest year ever,
but any rational observer here who still carries a cardigan whenever they go
out has noticed what a cool summer it has been. The bush where we have just
been is still full of green grass a couple of feet high (https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/02/13/forbidden-wilderness/)
13/02/2021: Forbidden Wilderness: Della and I are just back from a four day backpacking exploration of one of our greatest alpine wildernesses, the Mt Darling Snowy Bluff Wilderness created in 1983. This is a trackless mountain vastness suitable only for the most experienced outdoor adventurers. We return ‘bowed but unbroken’. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/02/13/forbidden-wilderness/
13/02/2021: Yet another reason to use Nexgard (monthly) on your pooch: https://www.portlincolntimes.com.au/story/7110764/worst-fears-realised-deadly-dog-disease-has-already-spread-south/?fbclid=IwAR1Io6Zhce6iTbfClK4SPki20sqk4Ris17qMkc2lVEnQ2DXyysyj7Sszoo8
13/02/2021: I just don’t believe or understand why ‘conservatives’ want to follow the commies down their own ‘rat’ holes. Let’s just have the end of the world now rather than later. I never did understand what happened to the Ja’ins either. Once the majority religion on the Indian sub-continent then they (obviously) became more and more obsessive about what you can do (and eat) – perhaps even deciding to subsist on air alone? The current climate religions are just as crazy. Let’s all just buy and SUV and an aircon, enjoy a steak and a beer and piss the lot of them off (perhaps to be eaten by a large space goat): https://joannenova.com.au/2021/02/west-australian-conservative-party-wants-close-coal-plants-and-lose-election-bigly/
13/02/2021: Get yourself some Butesonide to add to your Betadine, Ivomec and Hydroxychloroquine. Sooner or later you are going to have to treat yourself for a Covid infection. If you rely on public health your chance of dying is clearly at least 10 times greater: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/02/10/medical-trial-cheap-asthma-inhalers-90-reduction-in-severe-covid-symptoms/
9/02/2021: The delights of ‘environmentalism’; the Handkerchief. Who knew someone would re-invent an item I have carried in my pocket every day of my life: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/193289139/lasttissue-big-the-reusable-facial-tissue-box/?utm_term=e5e6f242-4ee8-4cf4-92d4-c6d6160e779e&utm_content=23846649217750076&utm_source=23846649217750076&utm_medium=FB&utm_campaign=TRS
9/02/2021: The ‘missing’ universe has been found: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/02/07/student-astronomer-finds-galactic-missing-matter/
9/02/2021: Billions of dollars of research/mitigation etc yet the world is possibly .12C warmer now than it was in 1979 (error bars not given - but probably greater than .12C!) What nonsense it all is: https://www.drroyspencer.com/2021/02/uah-global-temperature-update-for-january-2021-0-12-deg-c-new-base-period/ Meanwhile… Renewables: no room for wildlife, yet this is supposed to be ‘green’: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/02/08/saving-the-planet-with-intermittent-energy/
8/02/2021: Who knew there are benefits to poor eyesight: Association of Daily Wear of Eyeglasses With Susceptibility to Coronavirus Disease 2019 Infection https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaophthalmology/fullarticle/2770872
8/02/2021: Lessons from the army we should all take on board: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/02/lessons-from-the-army.html
8/02/2021: Thanks to the Green agenda
30 million people in
Meanwhile, Some good news for once: Indian farmers burn giant photos of Great Thunberg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1gkECmpn-k&feature=emb_title
7/02/2021: Where do birds sleep? Lots of places, but not in nests: https://slate.com/technology/2014/01/where-do-birds-sleep-roosting-in-nests-water-flocks-cavities.html
7/02/2021: The chilling detail of the
(Chinese) cyber warfare hack of the
7/02/2021: How Communism Won:
This is a fascinating and chilling article. I have long wondered eg why Western
capitalists bankrolled communist
6/02/2021: The strongest correlation is not between the level of CO2 and warming (close to zero) but between it and temperature adjustments to ‘show’ it has been warming (during this very cool summer even): https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/02/03/the-shocking-climate-graph-climateofgavin-doesnt-want-you-to-see/
6/02/2021: Slow Internet? If you are not happy with the NBN maybe consider Starlink: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/04/spacex-starlink-satellite-internet-service-has-over-10000-users.html
5/02/2021: Vale Sir Tom Moore – Character is All: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/02/vale-captain-sir-thomas-moore-30-april-1920-2-february-2021.html
5/02/2021: Sub Ounce Per Pair Camp Shoes: I have been (very belatedly) making Della a pair of these using the 'pattern' I made my own with some years ago. That post says they weighed 19 grams but that was including the closed cell foam inserts. 13 without! That was in US Size 9.
Della's in US Women's Size 6 weigh just 10 grams each (without the string and cord lock which will add less than a gram). This probably saves around 300 grams' pack weight as compared with carrying the lightest 'camp shoes' available.
I have included some instructions this time so you could make your own if you have moderate sewing skills. I think you could manage well enough with hand sewing if you do not own a machine. I used the 3.6 oz Dyneema fabric available eg from RipstopbytheRoll as it is a bit lighter than the 4.8 oz. Mine have 'worn' quite well. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/02/05/sub-ounce-per-pair-camp-shoes/
5/02/2021: A Really
Long Walk With You. Fifty years ago I first met Della, who has been life
itself to me ever since. She was good enough to marry me 48 years ago (next
week). Some people set out on a ‘through hike’ (perhaps the Alps Walk or
English Literature. Can this really be happening in an
5/02/2021: Putin’s vaccine sounds like the go. Why can’t we make it here under licence? I’m sure Vlad would be only too happy to oblige. Our elderly are to be given the much less appropriate Astra Zenica vaccine which may do them no good at all (if I doesn’t actually kill them). Thanks again Scott: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/swedish-health-officials-wont-recommend-astrazeneca-vaccine-for-people-over-65/ar-BB1dk51K & https://www.bbc.com/news/health-55900622
04/02/2021: Spot’s DIY Ultralight Dog Sleeping Bag #2: Our Jack Russells, Spot and Honey need new sleeping bags. The old ones, made hastily years ago from scraps of an old poor quality down sleeping bag were never very satisfactory – and were too heavy. I searched the net for designs but could not find a satisfactory one so I started from scratch myself.
Spot is looking pleased as he thinks I got his old bed out as we are going camping – which we are soon, after I have made their new beds, and a couple of other things!
After many models (which did not work), I finally came up with this design which does. The proportions are now good as the Tyvek prototype I made to check out the appropriate size was 2″ short and 1″ too narrow for supreme doggie comfort – though I think they would actually have snuggled down aright.
When I make the final one using the proportions in the diagram it will fit just right. On the left side is a drawing showing the dog (sort of) sleeping inside Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/02/03/spots-diy-ultralight-dog-sleeping-bag-2/
4/02/2021: Fair Point: Still not a single midget appointed to a cabinet-level position: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/02/03/still-not-a-single-midget-appointed-to-a-cabinet-level-position/ His new Secretary of Health. He seems to be the only one in the room who doesn’t know he is not a woman!
4/02/2021: Come on Scott. I actually voted for you guys. Why? I ask myself – well, look at the alternatives! But Craig Kelly is only publishing the truth, ie that Covid is very susceptible to cheap treatment/prevention eg Vitamin D/Zinc, Hydroxychloroquine, Ivomec, Betadine, common antibiotics… to such an extent that 90% + of all the deaths we have had so far could easily have been prevented.This methodology is likely cheaper and more effective than any vaccination programme will prove to be – particularly if concerns about vaccine safety happen to play out: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/vaccines-alone-wont-save-us-from-the-virus/news-story/56b501bda2929b9c3e44af52c2c4c326
4/02/2021: Look, I don’t like perfume myself (and am very glad Della does not wear any – as I am dreadfully allergic), but I would like to see folk who view women as ‘meat’ to be deported. Soon. Please : https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/02/calling-all-good-muslims-beware-the-devil-woman-fornicatress-who-wears-perfume-or-makeup.html
03/02/2021: If I seem a bit quiet the last few days it is because I have mostly been just lying on the couch with my left arm pressed up against its back trying to suppress an agonising pain in it and my left shoulder caused by a pinched nerve in my neck (apparently). It is as bad as my (previous) back pain, but different. So many things to look forward to. If you have a ‘magic’ cure for this I will will want to know. Which reminds me. My arthritic knee which I have been seeking a magic solution to for years has suddenly become a lot better as I have started taking two hemp oil tablets either end of the day. I don’t know yet whether this will mean I can cancel a knee replacement or not. We live in hope. Meanwhile I remain a pain in the neck. Yours truly, Steve.
03/02/2021: Biden is so concerned about the Capitol ‘events’ he insists on impeaching Trump, yet he won’t charge the officer who shot Ashli Babbit and he still keeps pouring troops into Washington. What is going on: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/investigators-recommend-no-charges-capitol-police-officer-shot-killed-ashli-babbitt-still-wont-release-identity/ & https://joannenova.com.au/2021/02/where-are-the-media/ Meanwhile Biden’s dementia has ‘progessed’ so far now he can’t even sign his own name and his wife is (illegally) signing for him: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/odd-joe-bidens-signature-latest-official-documents-raising-eyebrows/
03/02/2021: It is hard to figure out what is the lesser of two evils these days: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/02/muslim-scholar-says-good-muslims-should-leave-the-west-over-lgbtqi-policies.html
02/02/2021: Complicity Theorist (noun) - a person who accepts the political narrative of the day unquestionably; consumes mainstream media like it was 1980; and is prone to submissiveness, outbursts of irrational fear, and public shaming of free-thinkers.
02/02/2021: Richard Feynman once said, ‘There’s plenty of room at the bottom … and as Mack said (Cannery Row), ‘I never figured I’d end up here’: https://rosebyanyothernameblog.wordpress.com/2021/01/30/the-walking-wounded/
01/02/2021: Useful Advice: How to survive three days in the wild: https://www.popsci.com/story/diy/how-to-survive-three-days-outdoors/
01/02/2021: The Assault on Truth. Once we (thought we) knew what it was. At least we had some ‘pillars’ on which we attempted to ‘build’ it. Long accepted wisdom for example. The so-called ‘eternal verities’ eg thigs which we had known since time immemorial to be true/good. Hunting for example. Or love of family, friends, ie those like us - eg one’s nation. Tradition. History. Literature. Marriage. The core tenets of one’s faith. Some basic values: self-sufficiency, honesty, thrift, work, fidelity, kindness…I could go on. But the ‘march through the instsitutions’ has been directed again and again at every single ‘pillar’ until the best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity’ (Yeats, ‘Second Coming’). I have spent much of my life teaching ‘critical thinking’ by which I meant (to paraphrase Socrates) that ‘the examined life is best’, but I never meant that this should end in nihilism (quite the reverse). I never wanted that we should perceive,
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night’.Arnold ‘Dover Beach’).
I might not agree that a specific ‘teacher’, Jesus or Buddha (etc) is the ‘light of the world’, but I do not think there is no light. The quest for truth is (and should remain) the most important ‘meaning’ in our lives. The world really does appear to me ‘like a land of dreams. So various, so beautiful, so new.’ It should to you too.
01/02/2021: Was Ashli Babbit Shot? Back on 5th January this young woman was undoubtedly shot and killed by a police officer (on film) in the Capitol building though she was clearly not doing anything which would merit such lethal force. She was not George Floyd either. So far as I know no-one has been charged over her death. And where is the outrage?
31/01/2021: I’m not sure whether the Democrats are trying to provoke a civil war either, but they may well get one: https://richardsonpost.com/howellwoltz/20386/italygate-us-voter-fraud/ & https://joannenova.com.au/2021/01/us-government-declares-war-on-half-the-country-fear-panic-or-just-crazy/
31/01/2021: Poor Fellow, My Country – whatever happened to self-sufficiency? We still practice it here at Jeeralang Junction, does no-one else? https://www.bookwormroom.com/2021/01/27/every-nation-should-learn-australias-lessons/
31/01/2021: Subtract the Urban Heat Island Effect and you find there has been no warming in the last 50+ years. What a scam: https://www.drroyspencer.com/2021/01/could-recent-u-s-warming-trends-be-largely-spurious/
30/01/2021: A land animal as big as a blue whale: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9160381/Fossils-98-million-year-old-dino-unearthed-Argentina-largest-land-animal-ever.html
30/01/2021: Happy times in
30/01/2021: More vaccine woes: First the ‘news’ that the RNA vaccine may eventually kill 80% of people (29/01) and now this: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/01/29/vaccine-wars-eu-demands-seizure-of-covid-vaccines-made-in-britain/ & this: https://summit.news/2021/01/26/merck-scraps-covid-vaccines-says-its-more-effective-to-get-the-virus-and-recover/ I have been thinking it may be better to acquire my immunity from contracting and recovering from the virus too. Given it has a fatality rate well under 1% (probably more like 1/10th of that) and given that you can eradicate 90%+ of it with eg a 1% Betadine solution (12/01) and similarly with Hydroxychloroquine/Ivomec and etc seems like my chances of survival might be better if I manufacture my own immunity. Now, how to get infected? Well it will come to our house eventually. Of course there is also the (high?) likelihood that I already have immunity having survived so many nasty things in the past! There is a test on the way to measure this. Then there is the good news: https://www.timesofisrael.com/vaccine-found-92-effective-in-israel-in-first-controlled-result-outside-trials/
29/01/2021: Just leave already. The State does not need to get involved – and should not. This legislation has gone beyond the brink , as ‘domestic violence’ legislation which does not involve any violence already has. The State should stay out of our bedrooms: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/the-law/2021/01/coercive-control-vs-common-sense/
29/01/2021: Just impossible nonsense: ‘To summarize: to get the world to zero emissions by 2050, our options are to build, commission, and bring on-line either:
• One 2.1 gigawatt (GW, 109 watts) nuclear power plant each and every day until 2050, OR
• 3000 two-megawatt (MW, 106 watts) wind turbines each and every day until 2050 plus a 2.1 GW nuclear power plant every day and a half until 2050, OR
• 290 square miles (760 square kilometres) of solar panels each and every day until 2050 plus a 2.1 GW nuclear power plant every day and a half until 2050’ https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/01/27/bright-green-impossibilities/
29/01/2021: Could the vaccine be a method of mass extermination? This Professor of molecular genetics sounds a warning: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/professor-of-molecular-genetics-issues-chilling-warning-on-covid-mrna-vaccines/
28/01/2021: Handy Tool: https://www.popsci.com/story/shop/mini-circular-saws/
28/01/2021: Sea Ice Reached Lowest Point On Modern Record In The 1940s: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/01/24/study-shows-arctic-sea-ice-reached-lowest-point-on-modern-record-in-the-1940s-not-today/
28/01/2021: Whatever happened to
‘zero tolerance’ in
27/01/2021: Tooth Powder: So you have made your ultralight toothbrush spoon but are still lugging around all that heavy toothpaste or painfully drying it. You should know that tooth powder is a thing (and has been for a long time).
You can even buy your favourite brand (Colgate). Some studies even show that it is better for cleaning your teeth - as well as saving you a few grams. What's not to like? Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/01/26/tooth-powder/
27/01/2021: The SUV will rule the world. In 10 years sales have gone from 10% to 50%: https://joannenova.com.au/2021/01/suvs-rule-everyone-believes-in-climate-change-but-votes-for-gasoline/
27/01/2021: More people want to ban drinking straws than want to ban abortion, yet drinking straws do not kill 42 million people a year as abortion does - but whatever your views late term abortion is a horrible obscenity and should never have been legalised, ‘the baby is wrapped in a blanket and the mother is given the opportunity to hold the baby as it dies.’ Just Wow! https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2021/01/in-some-instances-feticide-is-undertaken/
27/01/2021: First Betadine (12/01), now this: Covid nasal Spray 99.9% effective: https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/israeli-behind-game-changing-covid-nasal-spray-says-its-99-9-effective/ Remember when Trump was lambasted for suggesting just this?
26/01/2021: Instant Underpants. Just add water. Great idea: https://mcphee.com/products/instant-underpants
26/01/2021: A Bigfoot Hunting Season – this could be a good idea. The Thylacoleo could be our target species here. Perhaps we could even have a Greenie Hunting Season too? Soon.: https://abc13.com/bigfoot-hunting-sasquatch-season-outdoors/9875983/
26/01/2021: Barring a
Meanwhile Amazon Says Workers Voting To Unionize Can Only Do So In Person Because Mail-in Votes Would Be Susceptible To Cheating: https://www.weaselzippers.us/463206-amazon-says-workers-voting-to-unionize-can-only-do-so-in-person-because-mail-in-votes-would-be-susceptible-to-cheating/
Republicans fight back against this tyranny: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/republican-state-lawmakers-introduce-new-bills-limit-vote-mail-require-photo-vote-clean-dirty-voter-rolls/
26/01/2021: 1816 ‘
The GOVERNOR, attended by all the members of the Native Institution, and
by several of the Magistrates and Gentlemen in the neighbourhood, proceded
[sic] at half past ten to the Meeting, and having entered the circle passed
round the whole of them, enquiring after, and making himself acquainted with
the several tribes, their respective leaders, and residences. His EXCELLENCY
then assembled the chiefs by themselves, and continued them in the ranks of
chieftains, to which their own tribes had exalted them, and conferred on them
badges of distinction, whereon were engraved their names as chiefs, and those
of their tribes. — He afterwards conferred badges of merit on some individuals,
in acknowledgment of their steady and loyal conduct in the assistance they
rendered the military party when lately sent out in pursuit of the refractory
natives to the west and south of the
It is worthy of observation that 3 of the latter mentioned number of children (and the son of the memorable Ben-ni-long was one of them), were placed in the Native institution immediately on the breaking up of the congress on Saturday last, making the number of children, now in that establishment, altogether l8; and we may reasonably trust, that in a few years this benevolent Institution will amply reward the hopes and expectations of its liberal Patrons and Supporters, and answer the grand object intended, by providing a seminary for the helpless offspring of the natives of this Country, and opening the path to their future civilization and improvement’.(Sydney Gazette)
25/01/2021: Robert Burns Day (b Jan 25th 1759). Here are (maybe ) his ten most famous poems. Great aren’t they: https://interestingliterature.com/2015/12/10-robert-burns-poems-everyone-should-read/ What’s your favourite. It is hard to beat ‘Bonnie Doon’ but I think ‘Red Rose’ tops them all:
O my Luve is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune.
So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only luve!
And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my luve,
Though it were ten thousand mile.
25/01/2021: Girls and women deserve testosterone-free showers, dressing rooms, bathrooms, domestic violence shelters, jails, and sports facilities: https://rosebyanyothernameblog.wordpress.com/2021/01/23/women-are-not-men-who-knew/
25/01/2021: Great to be an aboriginal woman: ‘Under
traditional Aboriginal tribal law, a young girl would have been given to one of
the tribal elders as soon as she reached puberty. She would have
given birth to three or four children, and - if she survived- and he tired of
her, and there was a fresh pick of the young girls - she would have been passed
on to the young men of the tribe to complete their sex education...when the
tribe moved on, and she couldn't keep up, she would have been left behind to
die. The matriarch of one of the Noongar clans in
24/01/2021: A Bag Full of Tricks – alternative title: ‘It’s All in the Bag’ – ultralight stuff sacks, ziplocks or ditty bags for hiking. This is not just about weight saving but also about spoilage and organisation. However there are significant weight savings too.
For example the ubiquitous (Glad) Ziplock bag is really quite heavy. Try weighing a standard sandwich bag and you will see what I mean. If you just keep throwing one after another in your pack it will not be very long before you have added 100 grams in storage bags alone.
There are lighter brands if you must use them, and significant weight savings can be made by choosing smaller ones – usually not available in supermarkets.
(.5oz/yd2) Cuben fibre bags with micro cord locks are much lighter (in the same sizes) and reusable many, many times. I have found cuben tends to shred relatively quickly though compared with lightweight nylon so usually I make my own ‘ditty’ bags out of eg .7 oz/yd2 nylon. Instructions here: DIY Stuff Sacks. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/01/24/a-bag-full-of-tricks/
24/01/2021: How Bad
24/01/2021: Election fraud in the
24/01/2021: Locking up the Bush Must Stop. The greenie left will find on or another spurious reason to imprison all the people in their suburban enclaves in defiance of our nation’s rallying cry, ‘for we are young and free’: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2021/01/first-ayers-rock-now-mount-warning/
23/01/2021: New research tools can rewrite history: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/01/21/woolly-mammoths-may-have-lived-thousands-of-years-after-supposed-extinction/
23/01/2021: Gene Therapy promises huge benefits. Last week we had news of a ‘cure’ for aging, now a cure for paralysis and maybe blindness: https://joannenova.com.au/2021/01/paralyzed-mice-walk-again-after-just-a-few-weeks/
23/01/2021: Talking to the Dead. I remember proposing this idea over a decade ago (pity I hadn’t the tech savvy then to create it) but it is to be a thing soon: https://www.nme.com/news/tv/microsofts-new-ai-chatbot-concept-is-reminding-people-of-black-mirror-2862855
21/01/2021: No problem: It was so much warmer in the Holocene: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/01/17/proof-of-warmer-earlier-climate-swiss-geologist-studies-10800-year-old-tree-trunk-under-alps-glacier/
21/01/2021: I am too old already. This could be handy. Bring it on: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-genes-ageing/chinese-scientists-develop-gene-therapy-which-could-delay-ageing-idUSKBN29P02V
21/01/2021: How to get your resume Biden ready:
20/01/2021: This is a really great tip: Turn kitchen scissors into good Kevlar shears in seconds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG6ZFA543BI Basically you roughen the edge (not the cutting edge) with a grinder so the scissors ‘catch’ the slippery Kevlar fibre. Now you can think about making your own carbon/kevlar canoe. I am: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/01/03/lightest-carbon-fibre-canadian-canoe/
20/01/2021: Putin is one tough guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoHkA-p8cXc&feature=emb_title
20/01/2021: Americans Love Trump: President Trump’s Approval Rating Hits 51% on Day before Inauguration: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/americans-love-trump-president-trumps-approval-rating-hits-51-day-inauguration/ and 91% of GOP voters still with Trump: https://onenewsnow.com/politics-govt/2021/01/16/poll-91-of-gop-voters-still-with-trump-mcconnell-worried If there were to be something terrible tomorrow which disposed of the incoming commies and their fellow travelers in a single sweep I suspect 80+ million Americans wold be cheering! Great Final Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIbLtumN__U&feature=emb_title Scott Adams Thought for the Day: ‘Trump never had to protect himself from his own troops.’
19/01/2021: Relax This Morning With Dancing Birds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMFfHVGu8-0&feature=emb_title
19/01/2021: ‘Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.’ – Confucius
19/01/2021: A truly ancient porker: http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/60483
18/01/2021: A Burial so Poignant: http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/60474
18/01/2021: Of course it was a communist Chinese bio-weapon: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9153885/Mike-Pompeo-reveals-intel-implicating-Wuhan-lab-origins-COVID-19-pandemic.html
18/01/2021: I have been wondering what the numbers really were too. They counted
74+ million for Trump and we can see 3 million fake votes for Biden in the six
‘swing’ states alone in the Navarro Report. There is also clear evidence of
vast amounts of vote switching by machine - at least 5% overall just to ‘kick
it along’ so Mike Linell’s 79 milion for Trump against 68 million for Biden is
ball-park but I agree with him that 68 million still seems too high when over
30% of democrat voters also thought Trump won (clearly because they voted for
him too). Anyway you have 80+ million very angry people (hence the huge
military build-up), but if there is to be an insurrection surely the military
will join (or lead) the insurrection instead of firing on it, since they would
be Trump loyalists almost to a man (or woman) as voting data consistently
shows? Remember how easily
Judging from the military’s response to Pence today I would not want to be in Biden’s shoes: https://streamable.com/waeo8j
17/01/2021: Some gal - 661 lambs: https://www.theland.com.au/story/7086965/solo-womens-shearing-world-record-broken-by-new-zealand-local/ Move over Jackie Howe https://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2008/10/21/2397477.htm PS: I met an old shearer years ago who was there when Jackie set that record, and who took part in the Great Shearer’s Strike which also occurred in the 1890s. The granddad knew a man who was on the First Fleet. We are a ‘young’ country still.
17/01/2021: ‘Sea surface temperatures began rising from 1900, long before CO2 emissions could have had the slightest effect on the world’s climate. Indeed the rate of rise from 1910 to 1940 was every bit as fast as since 1980. This also correlates with tidal gauge records of sea level rise around the world, which show a similar pattern. Simple physics tell us that the oceans drive the world’s climate, and not the atmosphere. The heat capacity of the oceans is so much greater than the air, that the heat capacity of an atmospheric column of unit area cross section extending from the ocean surface to the outermost layers of the atmosphere is equivalent to the heat capacity of a column of seawater of 2.6-metre depth. Put another way, rising ocean temperatures cause atmospheric temperatures to rise, and not vice versa. We can readily see that every time there is an El Nino. So the real question is what has caused sea temperatures to steadily rise since 1900? And if you think it is greenhouse gases, then you need to explain how these also caused the pre 1940 rise’ https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/01/16/the-ocean-warming-enigma/
16/01/2021: Thomas Sowell: Is truth irrelevant? https://elkodaily.com/opinion/columnists/thomas-sowell-is-truth-irrelevant/article_a16fda11-ecd9-5726-83c3-1ce49f771421.html
16/01/2021: A Counter-Coup beginning? 25,000 troops to guard Biden’s inauguration.
15/01/2021: An Ultralight Hiker's Xmas: Many of you perhaps wonder what might be the 'dream' present for your ultralight hiker/hunter beloved. Maybe if I told you about my beloved's choice (for me) for the last two-three 'spoiling' occasions it might give you some inspiration?
For example for Xmas she bought me this beautiful little pack rifle which I have been wanting for some time. May also help me protect her from wild dogs. It is an under 500 gram .22 calibre single shot, but it should do the trick at putting the occasional bunny/duck etc in the pot. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/01/15/an-ultralight-hikers-xmas/
15/01/2021: Save This Brave Pigeon: https://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/australia-kill-pigeon-crossed-pacific-oregon-75242726
15/01/2021: Very Strange: A Nursing Home had Zero Coronavirus Deaths. Then, It Vaccinates Residents for Coronavirus and the Deaths Begin. We also have this from Norway: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2021/01/14/did-cnn-accidentally-prove-that-trump-did-not-incite-the-violence-at-the-capitol-n1346680 & http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2021/january/10/a-nursing-home-had-zero-coronavirus-deaths-then-it-vaccinates-residents-for-coronavirus-and-the-deaths-begin/ - don’t know whether this is true or widespread.
15/01/2021: The Capitol Invaders Were Not Trump Supporters. Who were they – after all this was happening whilst Trump was still addressing his rally a 45 minute walk away: https://norwaytoday.info/news/norwegian-medicines-agency-links-13-deaths-to-vaccine-side-effects-those-who-died-were-frail-and-old/ & https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2021/01/14/did-cnn-accidentally-prove-that-trump-did-not-incite-the-violence-at-the-capitol-n1346680 & https://thenationalpulse.com/analysis/the-insurrection-lie/ Harris and Biden are on record as having repeatedly urged on other rioters with impunity yet Trump who repeatedly urged only peaceful protest is to be impeached lest he rise again and maybe win a second term – as if his backing of another candidate (eg Ivanka or Don Jr) under the aegis of MAGA would not have the same effect! All this will do is cement in the great majority of American voters’ minds how the election was stolen, how Trump will be their only legitimate President for all tiem and how Biden is a fake and a cheat who will be disrespected and scorned forever.
15/01/2021: The Third Navarro Report Shows Fraudulent Votes are Ten Times the Margin of Biden’s ‘Victory’. This coup is the worst disaster in American history: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/breaking-trump-teams-peter-navarro-drops-third-report-providing-proof-trump-won/ 3 million illegal votes in just those six states (to add to Trump’s accredited 74 million (or subtract from Biden’s margin of 300,000). How many more in the other 44 states?
14/01/2021: A Colony on Ceres? https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/01/13/study-proposes-orbital-ceres-colony/
Pence’s treachery revealed: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/exclusive-turncoat-vp-mike-pence-ignored-letter-republicans-wisconsins-congress-december-contesting-results/
So Biden won? How’s this for election
fraud? 300,000 mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania alone which never went
through the Post Office: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/pattern-recognition-specialist-jovan-pulitzer-says-300k-pa-mail-ballots-never-processed-usps-video/ And this: A ballot box in California has
still not been picked up for the November election: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/still-ballot-box-street-conservative-leaning-lone-pine-ca-local-officials-refuse-come-pick/
Remember this when they tell you there was no fraud. Half of US states backed a
Supreme Court challenge to the election (led by
Creating Truth. Youtube have now deleted President Trump’s address to the Save
13/01/2021: A Triple Star World – what might life be like on such a world? When science fiction becomes science fact: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/01/12/planetary-sleuthing-finds-triple-star-world/
Voyages of the Starship
13/01/2021: Why ‘young and free’ is just about right, and why I will continue to sing it so: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/01/12/pbw-on-being-young-and-free/
13/01/2021: Fair point Catallaxy:
• Assassination of John F. Kennedy: 12,064 words, 180 footnotes.
• General relativity: 20,549 words, 214 footnotes.
• World War II: 24,672 words, 415 footnotes.
• Jesus Christ: 25,735 words, 466 footnotes.
• 2021 storming of the United States Capitol: 38,829 words, 631 footnotes.”
Quite a crowd though:
Trump speaks from Alamo
progress towards an alternative (social) media list: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/sick-communist-like-censorship-list-popular-uncensored-media-options/
BTW. 1. I am having trouble ‘restoring’ the Menu Bar in Brave. I am so used to
it in Mozilla. 2. I have been researching ‘alternatives to Windows/Android
operating systems’ and ‘alternative browsers’, etc. You can do the same. There
are many. I will be trialing some on an old computer and mobile phone. 3.
Uptodown is an alternative App store to Google Play. 4. If you know a decent ‘conservative’
news service in
12/01/2021: At least this is uplifting: More Space Milestones: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/01/11/northrop-grummans-cygnus-space-freighter-departs-space-station/
12/01/2021: The Tech Giant Control is just terrifying. Read what they are doing to the website Parler. This tyranny must be stopped: https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/parler-ceo-our-service-has-been-dropped-by-every-vendor-and-could-end-our-business/ Parler has sued using anti-trust legislation but this could take a long time. Mind you, two can play at that game: https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/idaho-isp-blocks-facebook-and-twitter-bravo/
If this Italian connection is true (and I am unsure of it) it is not all over yet by a long shot. What an alarming situation. https://richardsonpost.com/howellwoltz/20087/mike-pompeo-in-italy-making-arrests/
Mass murderers (inciting same) are allowed on Twitter but not Donald Trump: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/01/11/twitter-endorses-bombers/
did not incite. You judge yourself. You can still watch Trump address his
supporters before the march on the Capitol here. He urged them only to
‘Peacefully and Patriotically Make Your Voices Heard.’ The ‘fake news’ is
well aware that at least 500,000 Trump supporters were present in DC on that
day and were not a part of the few dozens of people in the Capitol building. Let me be clear. If Trump called for a
building to be stormed, you would not have a building today. (Frankly I found it inspiring – I got up in the wee small hours
of the morning to watch it live): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrGJfQzUrnY&feature=emb_title
PS: Youtube have now
Who really stormed the Capitol? Antifa: https://www.infowars.com/posts/watch-live-red-alert-the-purge-has-begun/ ‘the flash bangs started going off at the US Capitol before President Trump was finished with his speech at the Ellipse. A vast majority of patriots left the Ellipse and went home after President Trump finished his speech.’ https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/ignored-media-flash-bangs-going-off-us-capitol-trump-finished-speech-antifa-organized-protest-near-us-capitol-stormed/
11/01/2021: A Golden Queen: Della: ‘This evening's harvest of Golden Queen peaches and apricots: How beautifully they glow in the early evening light! The wet spring and summer has given us bountiful fruit this year.The blood plums were ready over Christmas and New Year, and the bulk of that crop had either fallen or been eaten by the cockies before we knew it. We have 2 later varieties almost ready though, so we will get a second and a third chance. Meanwhile we have been munching on glorious plumcots and yellow "Simon Demon" plums. The Golden Queen peaches are my favourite yellow clingstone variety, firm and tasty for both eating and preserving. The little stunted tree has outdone itself this year, and I am wondering where I am going to find the time this week to preserve what we can't eat ...A job for another day, most certainly, but with shearing about to begin, I am not quite sure which day it might be’
Genuine Article? The next few days could get very very interesting: https://joannenova.com.au/2021/01/are-the-dems-and-trump-both-trying-to/
The Democrats and Big Tech certainly seem to be running scared. Something else
sinister on Pelosi’s missing laptop perhaps: https://www.bitchute.com/video/LS2wchM2C3rn/ Some people are claiming Trump has already
signed the Insurrection Act and is co-ordinating the military from the central
military command centre in
11/01/2021: A 37C day here at Jeeralang Junction today, so not so pleasant but…I am reminded of my post from this very day in 2011: ‘A few years ago I remember we had a 28C day in July (nice 'Indian Summer' day). Today we are having an 11C day in mid January (not so welcome unless you are of the apres ski set). This is global warming?’
11/01/2021: It is a sad day for liberty when you must go to ‘fringe’ sites to get the news because the mainstream is so (obviously and dictatorially) compromised. Some I have been reading (in no particular order) – You should too: https://www.citizenfreepress.com/ & https://www.naturalnews.com/ & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/ & https://www.theepochtimes.com /& https://justthenews.com/ & https://www.infowars.com/ etc. These will give you important insights you are missing. All such sites are under constant attack, but also they are suffering from huge overload as people flock to them. Eg Fox News has just about collapsed whilst chat service GAB gas had a 750% increase in traffic overnight. PS: You will notice I can't even post the url of some such sites on Facebook - such is the level of censorship and control! I suspect I will be banned from Facebook soon.
11/01/2021: We need to start making a list of the groups working hard to stifle freedom and move away from and de-fund them. Here are some to begin with just today: Apple, Mozilla, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Youtube…I will add others as time moves on. You can seek alternatives or sell shares to weaken their efforts. For example, I will be moving away from the Windows operating system to Linux. I will do the same with the Android system on my phone (owned by Google). These people are even working at updating your phone’s software so that it will not receive emergency broadcasts. I no longer want to be controlled by Microsoft or Google – well, I never did. Apple has also shown itself to be a ‘bad actor’. Tough for you folks with Iphones. Throw them in the sea! You can buy an Android phone and install an Android alternative operating system. There are also alternative sources of Apps to the Google Play Store. There are other alternatives. For example, I have already moved from Google search to DuckDuckGo and from Mozilla to Opera (now to Brave) for example. I deleted Chrome (Google owned) ages ago. Again there are alternatives to eg Facebook, Twitter. Many of my friends have already moved (before their accounts are deleted anyway). Parler, Gab, MeWe etc, etc. Rumble is an alternative to Youtube. There are others. My prediction is that millions (perhaps billions) of folks will do this and many of these ‘Tech Giants’ will crash. Why ‘Mozilla’ too you say? Here: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/want-blood-mozilla-argues-must-done-rid-internet-president-trump-bad-actors/ Mozilla is now owned by Google. Unfortunately Opera is owned by the Chinese: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/opera-sold-600-million-chinese-consortium/ There will be updates soon…Try the Brave browser: https://brave.com/ It is fast. Just impossible to keep this post updated. Things are moving too fast.
10/01/2021: Truly Shocking: Abortion Leading Global Cause of Death in 2020 with 42.7 Million Killed – as with euthanasia, we need to think very carefully before we decide to end people’s lives: https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2021/01/01/abortion-leading-global-cause-of-death-in-2020-with-42-7-million-killed/ - but this is not ‘genocide’; instead it is a ‘human right’. Go figure.
10/01/2021: Surveillance HQ - Great to see that we make the list – do you remember when John Cain first installed a few of these (as a ‘temporary emergency’ measure during the CHOGM Conference in 1982?) but they were all to be removed as being a wholly unacceptable infringement of our liberties? Since then dictatorship seems to have galloped rather than crept: https://www.visualcapitalist.com/mapped-the-top-surveillance-cities-worldwide/
10/01/2021: Trump actually did win by a huge margin (as you can see) after you subtract voter fraud: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/new-detailed-inventory-election-fraud-2020-election-deroy-murdock-provides-strong-evidence-president-trumps-performance-swing-states-overall-race/ but look what is happening to the evidence: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/breaking-fbi-claims-jurisdiction-yesterday-took-control-shredded-ballots-analyzed-georgia-sends-back-shredder/ The attacks on freedom and free speech by the Left are terrible: https://joannenova.com.au/2021/01/the-tech-giants-purge-trump-conservatives-74-million-people/
9/01/2021: Big Tech Dictatorship: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/breaking-twitter-bans-president-donald-trump-permanently/ & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/breaking-apple-threatens-ban-parler-unless-enact-draconian-censorship-policies-demanded-big-tech-oligarchs/ & Heaps of other Trump supporters being banned from Facebook Twitter etc and being fired from their jobs! If the people rise up and end this coup with violence many will be cheering them on! The Second American Revolution may well be upon us. It will need to happen in the next few days or it will be too late – and all is lost.
9/01/2021: The apocryphal demonisation of Angus McMillan (the ‘discoverer of Gippsland’) makes ‘interesting’ reading. The bizarre inventiveness of communist ‘historians’ is legion. Add this to your library of aboriginal history fabrication: https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2020/12/the-warrigal-creek-massacre-true-story-or-apocryphal/
9/01/2021: It is
the storming of the Capitol by an illegally elected swathe of Democrats and
Rino supporters which is the great wrong of our time. We literally witnessed a
coup yesterday play out on live television and our politicians are acting as if
the citizens are in the wrong.
Limbaugh: “There's a lot of people calling for the end of violence...I
am glad Sam Adams, Thomas Paine, the actual Tea Party guys, the men at
Lexington and Concord didn't feel that way.”
Scott Adams: "This protest was the most appropriate thing I have
9/01/2021: The last vestiges of news will disappear rapidly in this new era, but you should catch these nine brochures about our climate before they are lost forever: https://www.drroyspencer.com/2021/01/white-house-brochures-on-climate-there-is-no-climate-crisis/
8/01/2021: Super Ultralight Tent Pegs: Sometimes you just need a really, really ultralight peg. These guys will not have the same 'purchase' as a heavier, thicker diameter or longer peg bu they are super ultralight: only one or two grams each. They might suit for pegging down the edge of your ultralight titanium DIY Hobo Stove for example, or for pinning down your (small) dog sleeping bags. Maybe even for (intermediate pegs) eg on your ground sheet - anything which needs horizontal location without much 'lift' and which does not require too much strength. Probably many other uses. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/01/08/super-ultralight-tent-pegs/
Off to Steve Kates: ‘How did PDT achieve so much surrounded as he was by so
many enemies? Of course, the supreme good was he prevented Hilary from being
president for the past four years. And he revealed how vile the
8/01/2021: The Democrat Washington DC leadership deliberately allowed protesters into the Capitol in a truly nefarious move to demonise Donald Trump: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/allowing-antifa-domestic-terrorists-burn-country-fbi-director-wray-vows-charge-participated-siege-capitol/ & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/video-capitol-police-removed-barriers-allowed-protesters-walk-right-capitol/ & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/going-another-video-surfaces-capitol-police-leading-protesters-washington-capitol/ You should note this: Trump Supporters Pulled Violent Protesters Away from the Capitol Building When They Started Damaging It – Who Were These People? https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/not-making-headlines-trump-supporters-pulled-protesters-away-capitol-building-started-damaging-people/
8/01/2021: Clearly a cowardly murderous execution of a peaceful protester – but I do not expect to see the perpetrator punished: https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/graphic-warning-up-close-footage-shows-officer-aim-and-fire-at-ashli-babbitt/
is the end of
is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.’
Meanwhile Patrick Byrne was actually
watching the Chinese etc steal
Meanwhile some evil scum executed a young woman peacefully protesting inside the Capitol: https://twitter.com/i/status/1346938016636526592
This is ominous. Trump said he would lead the march on the Capitol but he never turned up. Instead some Antifa guys disguised as MAGA led the charge: https://thedonald.win/p/11RhAtb1OP/the-go-home-in-peace-video-of-tr/
Here is the deleted Twitter message again: https://thedonald.win/p/11RhAtaTpK/trumps-deleted-twitter-message/c/
It was a set-up – police let them through: https://thedonald.win/p/11RhAtaTlD/they-were-setup--video-of-capito/c/
7/01/2021: Good Lord!Your tax dollars at work. Thank goodness we are married: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/01/gladyss-gov-outdoes-the-abc-with-advice-on-masturbating-during-covid-.html
7/01/2021: Forward the future – at last a wooden satellite: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/01/03/worlds-first-wooden-satellite-to-be-launched-by-japan-in-2023/
6/01/2021: Things are happening: https://thedonald.win/p/11Rh1YXKJK/statement-from-president-donald-/c/ & https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1346652589673345024?s=21 & https://thedonald.win/p/11Rh1YYhQH/election-fraud-missing-piece-mi6/ & https://vocaroo.com/1e976QE4oDoy
6/01/2021: Deconstructing Dominion’s vote-rigging algorithm produces a stunning Trump victory (Yet they are up to the same tricks today in Georgia: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/reports-dominion-machines-breaking-several-georgia-gop-precincts-voters-told-workers-will-scan-ballots-later/ These machines ‘required’ 93% ‘adjudication’ in Fulton County in the Nov 3 poll): https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/expert-edward-solomons-analysis-2020-election-shows-thousands-ballots-switched-trump-states-won-mi-ga-pa-biden-enough-steal-election/
Going for the steal the second time – why would you not: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/no-republican-observers-present-fulton-county-tabulation-center-screens-facing-away-media-pen-videos/
6/01/2021: The most famous song which no-one knows the words of: https://www.rd.com/article/what-does-auld-lang-syne-mean/
‘We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot
since auld lang syne.
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.’
6/01/2021: I have to have one (or two) of these - a .50 calibre air rifle: https://www.airforceairguns.com/product-p/u2050.htm Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsSYngXbCc0 More: https://heyshooters.com/best-big-bore-air-rifle/ Wow – a 12 shot .35 calibre air rifle which will take down a deer: https://www.amazon.com/Gamo-Winchester-Bore-70-35-Rifle/dp/B079SYPL6H?tag=deeheyshooters-20
6/01/2021: I am still ‘an innocent abroad’ when it comes to the level of evil/corruption all around us. Without going into Lin Wood’s recent revelations about pedophile gang control of important people (including Supreme Court head John Roberts - or this: https://joannenova.com.au/2021/01/counterfeit-us-ballots-found-in-georgia-along-with-chinese-shipping-receipt/) the list here of 24 state governors in the US who are members of the Chinese Communist Party will chill you…and that is just the beginning. Trump must win tomorrow or all is lost: https://richardsonpost.com/howellwoltz/19978/january-6th-a-day-of-light-or-darkness/ Before you lose heart, there is hope, and here he is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpC07PM-n6s&feature=emb_title
Lots of folks in
05/01/2021: Lightest Carbon Fibre Canadian Canoe: Here’s the lightest carbon fibre Canadian I could find the Hornbeck Blackjack at 11 lbs (5 kg). An interesting alternative to a packraft. You could make one yourself (say 5 kg) having first made a plywood version such as this Peasemarch 10 or Dengemarsh 10 17-18 kg version as a mould. An interesting couple of weekend’s work. You can buy the carbon fibre cloth cheaply enough from eg Aliexpress. Or: New DIY Pack Raft – the ultralight version weighs 815 grams and costs $A$ $227.46 (Jan 2021) Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/01/03/lightest-carbon-fibre-canadian-canoe/
good would this be: Birdwatcher spies
05/01/2021: Can it get any worse than this – ending a prayer with the phrase, ‘Amen and Awomen’? So be it! Latin scholars are revulsed! https://twitter.com/i/status/1345866081815187459
05/01/2021: 5% everywhere - What a great leg-up for Biden: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/fraud-alert-analysis-3000-counties-reveals-joe-biden-received-5-6-votes-counties-using-dominion-voting-machines/ Other examples https://www.theepochtimes.com/georgia-election-data-shows-17650-votes-switched-from-trump-to-biden-data-scientists_3640670.html?utm_source=news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-01-02-1 & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/must-watch-video-data-scientists-discover-432000-votes-removed-president-trump-least-15-counties-pennsylvania/ & https://noqreport.com/2021/01/04/patrick-byrne-bombshell-chinese-shipping-receipt-found-with-shredded-ballots-in-georgia/ The fraud wasn’t just in the ‘swing’ states. Imagine how huge Trump’s victory would have been without this massive fraud, eg 9% in Florida: https://joannenova.com.au/2021/01/what-are-the-odds-all-dumps-favour-biden/ Maybe this will happen: https://100percentfedup.com/breaking-video-peter-navarro-enrages-dems-says-pence-can-reschedule-later-inauguration/ A ten day audit will be the end of it. No doubt.
04/01/2021: Farewell 2020 the year when ‘aloof’ was supplanted. Grammarians praised it for teaching the correct usage of gerunds whilst stylists deplored its awkward phrases preferring simpler adjectives and nouns.
04/01/2021: The PM says 'we are one' - so why do our embassies have 3 flags? (I can’t even identify all of them) https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/01/liberal-national-party-mp-calls-for-removal-of-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-flags-at-austra.html PS: I liked the wording ’young’ in the National Anthem - whose wording ie ‘young’ = ‘new’ we actually voted for back in 1974. We have not voted for this change to ‘one’ which I do not endorse anyway as I resent the implication of enforced conformity implied. I am surprised that the attack wasn’t on the word ‘fair’ meaning ‘beautiful’ and not ‘white’ however. At the time the song was written one might well have described a beautiful black person as ‘fair’, just as I would still describe a happy person as ‘gay’ - if I dared!
as I would like to think that the
03/01/2021: Mighty Oaks: As they say 'from little acorns grow'. Yet there are those who debunk some of my modest efforts to reduce minor aspects of my pack weight (such as my recent 'Toothbrush Spoon' post -which saves at least 10 grams), or my DIY Ten Gram Pillow which probably saves you at least an ounce (or 30 grams).
I know even my own son opined that he was quite happy to carry the extra 10 grams even when I pointed out to him that to do so was the equivalent (in kilograms) of moving ten times that number (ie 100 kilograms) a distance of 1 metre. See A Lazy Man's Guide to Hiking and Hunting.
These tiny savings can add up, so that soon you have saved 100 grams or even a kilogram off your pack weight. the equivalents respectively of having moved 1 tonne or ten tonnes a distance of a metre - a considerable amount of work which I pointed out to him would involve his having had to carry quite a quantity of extra food to have performed. Itself something which also requires work, and so on, ad infinitum!
Even though I years ago thought I had pretty much completed all my major pack weight savings, nonetheless every year I seem to find the odd other wrinkle which still makes a difference. You will notice that many of these weight savings were quite cheap or DIY. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/01/03/mighty-oaks/
03/01/2021: Enough of ‘the new normal’ already, ‘Examples of the new normal are all around us and affect all aspects of our lives. Defunding the police while crime skyrockets is the new normal. Prisoners being released back on the streets, while hairdressers and restaurant owners are fined and sometimes jailed, is the new normal. Big tech and mainstream media shutting down all voices opposing their agenda, while extolling the virtues of democracy and free speech, is the new normal. A CNN reporter describing demonstrators as “peaceful protesters,” while behind him the skyline burns, is the new normal. Closing down all restaurants, houses of worship, and small businesses while allowing protesters to burn, riot, and loot in the name of “social justice” is the new normal. Prisoners in certain states receiving the COVID vaccine while vulnerable seniors must wait is the new normal. The latest COVID Relief bill, which included only a paltry sum in relief for tens of millions of desperate Americans, while granting billions in foreign aid, is the new normal’ https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/01/we_dont_need_to_accept_the_new_normal_the_left_is_forcing_on_us.html
03/01/2021: Beware: The Green Energy Czar’s will make your house (which perhaps people have found a satisfactory home for centuries) worthless: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/12/31/britains-new-climate-plan-that-could-make-millions-of-homes-unsellable/
03/01/2021: Isn’t this sad? Nursing Home Patients Dying Of Loneliness Amid COVID Lockdown: https://www.weaselzippers.us/461775-nursing-home-patients-dying-of-loneliness-amid-covid-lockdown/
02/01/2021: 76 Gram Cookset: I am putting together an overnight/weekend kit which is as ultralight as I can get it. I will probably carry it in my 193 Gram Pack. It will definitely include this cook set. The pot is the Evernew EBT278R 55 gram 570 ml pot.You can find it on Amazon for example for US 22.90 (Jan 2021), possibly elsewhere cheaper.
Inside is my titanium roll-up hobo stove weighing 20 grams which you can make yourself in a few minutes using simple hand tools for a cost of US$4. I will need a couple of ultralight tent stakes (not these ones - well, the paint will burn off quickly!) and a wooden spoon (as shown) and I m good to go. I will add one of these 'Hot Lips' so I don't burn my lips. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2021/01/02/76-gram-cookset/
02/01/2021: Glacier Mice – one of the world’s most interesting living things: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glacier_mice & https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24833132-900-the-curious-case-of-the-glacier-mice-that-seem-to-dance-on-ice/
02/01/2021: Churchill’s words are as true today as they were during Britain’s darkest hour – because today is the darkest hour of Wetern democracy since that time: ‘If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.’ Still hoping that at the eleventh hour this disaster can still be averted withot massive bloodshed: https://joannenova.com.au/2021/01/new-year-2021-five-days-to-go-will-america-fight-for-freedom-while-they-still-can/
02/01/2021: Let’s all just wear masks (and die of pneumonia): ‘In 2009, Dr. Anthony Fauci co-authored a paper about the Spanish Flu Epidemic…of the First World War (which) caused millions of deaths. In studying this major and actual pandemic…Dr. Fauci… discovered that most of the victims of the Spanish Flu didn’t die from the Spanish Flu. They died from bacterial pneumonia. And the bacterial pneumonia was caused by…wearing masks.’ (BTW: Broken link in catallaxy: https://newswithviews.com/no-governments-have-isolated-covid-19-virus-what-does-that-mean/) https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/12/31/masking-the-truth/
01/01/2021: A Cure for cancer? Fenbendazole. Another interesting use for animal drenches. Worth a try? I have a sheep which I would otherwise have to put down I will try this on. I will report back in a couple of months: https://www.mycancerstory.rocks/single-post/2016/08/22/Shake-up-your-life-how-to-change-your-own-perspective
01/01/2021: Why Roman concrete is stronger than it ever was, while modern concrete decays: https://www.zmescience.com/science/geology/roman-concrete-seawater-043432/
01/01/2021: The Man Who Invented More Than 800 Iconic Toys - at 98 Eddie still whistles while he works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sKKan_Q9VU&feature=emb_title
31/12/2020: The Perfect Thistle Weapon: Or brush cutter - also excellent for track clearing. As you may know we have been pretty much self-sufficient farmers most of our lives. If I can avoid it I would rather not use herbicides though this is not always possible. I doubt though there is a more effective way of eliminating blackberries from one's property for example.
Some years are 'the year of the thistle' and they just keep coming up. This year they were away in autumn and no matter how many times one tried to get around the wretched things there were still more of them.
Once you have them down to a manageable number it is easier on the back to carry around a hand tool than a backpack full of herbicide. For some years I have used an ultralight mattock I made - which I still recommend.
My spinal fusion operation makes the bent-over position needed to wield it pretty uncomfortable after a bit so I was looking for something I could use in a more upright position. I found an old fern-hook in the shed which I figured I could make a lighter handle for out of some 1 1/4" aluminium tubing.
This worked so well I went looking to see whether I could find anything better - well, to tell the truth I was looking for another one so Della could help out on this job! I found these folk Tramontina who make a range of brush cutter (sickle) heads. I bought their heavy duty (710 gram) one from eBay and attached an aluminium shaft to it. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/12/30/the-perfect-thistle-weapon/
31/12/2020: Witness Jovan Pulitzer under oath stating Dominion machines are hacked in real time right now in Georgia: https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/breaking-dominion-machines-hacked-live-during-georgia-election-hearing/ President Trump, Please write an executive order to have 2020 ballots and images audited quickly by the method devised by Jovan Pulitzer: ihttps://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/president-trump-please-write-executive-order-2020-ballots-images-select-states-audited-quickly-method-designed-jovan-pulitizer/
This will be a good start: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/georgia-senate-judiciary-subcommittee-unanimously-passes-motion-audit-fulton-countys-absentee-ballots-using-method-outlined-jovan-pulitzer/
31/12/2020: For those who came in late…A Compilation of (some) Election Fraud Evidence. Ten times more than enough to overturn the result: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1344009358472957953.html
who is the most admired man in
knew this was coming but it sure should blow a lot of things wide open: Wikileaks just dumped all of their files
online. Everything from Hillary Clinton's emails, McCain's being guilty,
Vegas shooting done by an FBI sniper, Steve Jobs HIV letter, PedoPodesta,
Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Bilderberg, CIA agents arrested for rape, WHO
pandemic. Happy Digging! Here you go, please read and pass it on..... https://file.wikileaks.org/file/... These are
30/12/2020: DIY 10 Gram Pillow: You can cut down the Graham Flexair pillow (which you can buy lots of places for about $2 using your home vacuum bag sealer to make a 10 gram hiking pillow (as shown). My sealer will only handle a seal of a little over 11″ so my pillow (sealed area) is approx 11″ x 7″ which I personally find quite comfortable enough for a neck pillow – which also fits inside the hood of my sleeping bag incidentally.
Place the pillow in the sealer, close the lid, press the ‘Bag seal’ button. You have to wait for the pump timer to progress to the seal timer mode. It is automatic. When sealing here is a slightly different sound which stops when the process is done. carefully remove the sealed pillow. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/12/30/diy-10-gram-pillow/
30/12/2020: Let’s Make a
30/12/2020: This is my perception too, ‘In the
30/12/2020: As January 6 draws nearer many of us are becoming increasingly anxious that something must be done, but it is quite possible that Trump already has the situation in hand and has already entered into an agreement with Mike Pence (remember Defence Chief Miller congratulating him last week for a mysterious yet successfully carried out military operation?) or is about to declare the election fraud an act of war and so nullify it in that way. This guy Mike Adams is worth a read (though perhaps he be best taken with a grain or three of salt): https://thedonald.win/p/11RO2juCqV/situation-update-dec-29th--exten/
29/12/2020: The Last Stand:
‘There is one hope for the defeated
That he cannot hope in victory.
Is it not better to die as a man,
Than to live in shame before the eyes of all?’ We should remember the Birkenhead, Rorke’s Drift,
29/12/2020: This foreign interference is just what Mike Pence needs; I trust the full Ratcliffe report is also imminent: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/12/28/the-guarantee-clause-the-electoral-count-act-of-1887-the-dni-ratcliffe-report-on-foreign-interference-and-vp-mike-pence/ & https://creativedestructionmedia.com/investigations/2020/12/28/breaking-white-house-has-extensive-evidence-of-foreign-interference-in-nov-3rd-election-example-1-nevada-sos-sent-voter-information-to-pakistani-intelligence/ & https://creativedestructionmedia.com/investigations/2020/12/28/foreign-election-interference-2-dominion-sent-information-election-night-to-5-countries-frankfurt-saw-30-spike-election-night/ & https://joannenova.com.au/2020/12/a-smart-thermostat-spy-in-voting-machines-sent-data-direct-to-china/
may also be enough to convince him to act: In
then there is this:
29/12/2020: Remember this: Lockdowns Were Inspired by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP): https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/12/27/lockdowns-were-inspired-by-the-ccp-admits-professor-pantsdown/ and were based on this false narrative: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/330000-americans-die-china-coronavirus-closer-20000-died-china-coronavirus/ as well as banning effective cheap medicines such as Ivomec and Hydroxychloroquine. ‘The fact that you can go out is a privilege, and it should be respected in an appropriate way, in accordance with the government’s requirements’. Brad Hazzard – NSW Health Minister. Oh Dear, And now this: New Study of 10 Million Chinese Finds Asymptomatic Covid Spread Never Existed: https://nationalfile.com/what-new-study-of-10-million-chinese-finds-asymptomatic-covid-spread-never-existed/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-new-study-of-10-million-chinese-finds-asymptomatic-covid-spread-never-existed & this: Coca Cola Tests Positive to Covid: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/austrian-lawmaker-tests-coca-cola-covid-infection-colleagues-drink-tests-positive/
28/12/2020: Sad really:
28/12/2020: This is certainly one of the things I fear: German Economist Says ‘Great Reset Will Cause a Crash Worse than 1930s’: https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/12/26/german-economist-great-reset-will-cause-a-crash-worse-than-1930s/
28/12/2020: Massive new fraud evidence here: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/mathematician-bobby-piton-finds-500000-unique-last-names-pennsylvania-sophisticated-state-actor-able-optimize-desired-outcome/ and here: https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/dozens-of-georgia-witnesses-step-forward/ More Voter Fraud Videos here: https://rumble.com/vc5nk7-georgia-a-close-look-at-the-data-and-events-of-the-general-election-chapter.html & https://thedonald.win/p/11RNtPwz8n/unbelievable-dozens-of-georgia-w/c/ & NB Also Navarro Report Update: Peter Navarro Expands Election Fraud Memo, Number of Illegal Ballots Dwarf Biden Victory Margin By Over Two: https://thenationalpulse.com/breaking/navarro-election-memo-update/ & Sydney Powell Report: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/attorney-sidney-attorney-sidney-powell-releases-270-page-document-on-massive-2020-election-fraud-involving-foreign-interference-releases-270-page-document-massive-2020-election-fraud-involving-foreign/ Mike Pence must reject the electors from the disputed states on January 6 and elect Trump on the numbers from the states which had valid elections.
27/12/2020: I am sick of Facebook etc acting like Big Brother – a $2 million fine would certainly make them think twice! https://worthypolitics.com/we-need-this-in-u-s-every-time-facebook-or-twitter-censor-free-speech-in-poland-they-will-face-2-2-million-fine/
27/12/2020: 20 Seconds of Nuclear Fusion in
27/12/2020: Ways to a quick resolution; https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/twj-exclusive-new-legal-memo-giving-trump-supporters-hope-christmas/ & https://noqreport.com/2020/12/24/viral-legal-memo-calls-for-new-leadership-at-doj-to-file-variation-of-texas-lawsuit-with-scotus/ & https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/12/mike_pence_is_being_held_out_as_the_potential_savior_of_a_fair_election.html
26/12/2020: Xmas is different here in the bush:
The Fire at Ross’s Farm
The squatter saw his pastures wide
Decrease, as one by one
The farmers moving to the west
Selected on his run;
Selectors took the water up
And all the black soil round;
The best grass-land the squatter had
Was spoilt by Ross’s Ground.
Now many schemes to shift old Ross
Had racked the squatter’s brains,
But Sandy had the stubborn blood
Of Scotland in his veins;
He held the land and fenced it in,
He cleared and ploughed the soil,
And year by year a richer crop
Repaid him for his toil.
Between the homes for many years
The devil left his tracks:
The squatter pounded Ross’s stock,
And Sandy pounded Black’s.
A well upon the lower run
Was filled with earth and logs,
And Black laid baits about the farm
To poison Ross’s dogs.
It was, indeed, a deadly feud
Of class and creed and race;
But, yet, there was a Romeo
And a Juliet in the case;
And more than once across the flats,
Beneath the Southern Cross,
Young Robert Black was seen to ride
With pretty Jenny Ross.
One Christmas time, when months of drought
Had parched the western creeks,
The bush-fires started in the north
And travelled south for weeks.
At night along the river-side
The scene was grand and strange —
The hill-fires looked like lighted streets
Of cities in the range.
The cattle-tracks between the trees
Were like long dusky aisles,
And on a sudden breeze the fire
Would sweep along for miles;
Like sounds of distant musketry
It crackled through the brakes,
And o’er the flat of silver grass
It hissed like angry snakes.
It leapt across the flowing streams
And raced o’er pastures broad;
It climbed the trees and lit the boughs
And through the scrubs it roared.
The bees fell stifled in the smoke
Or perished in their hives,
And with the stock the kangaroos
Went flying for their lives.
The sun had set on Christmas Eve,
When, through the scrub-lands wide,
Young Robert Black came riding home
As only natives ride.
He galloped to the homestead door
And gave the first alarm:
`The fire is past the granite spur,
`And close to Ross’s farm.’
`Now, father, send the men at once,
They won’t be wanted here;
Poor Ross’s wheat is all he has
To pull him through the year.’
`Then let it burn,’ the squatter said;
`I’d like to see it done —
I’d bless the fire if it would clear
Selectors from the run.
`Go if you will,’ the squatter said,
`You shall not take the men —
Go out and join your precious friends,
And don’t come here again.’
`I won’t come back,’ young Robert cried,
And, reckless in his ire,
He sharply turned his horse’s head
And galloped towards the fire.
And there, for three long weary hours,
Half-blind with smoke and heat,
Old Ross and Robert fought the flames
That neared the ripened wheat.
The farmer’s hand was nerved by fears
Of danger and of loss;
And Robert fought the stubborn foe
For the love of Jenny Ross.
But serpent-like the curves and lines
Slipped past them, and between,
Until they reached the bound’ry where
The old coach-road had been.
`The track is now our only hope,
There we must stand,’ cried Ross,
`For nought on earth can stop the fire
If once it gets across.’
Then came a cruel gust of wind,
And, with a fiendish rush,
The flames leapt o’er the narrow path
And lit the fence of brush.
`The crop must burn!’ the farmer cried,
`We cannot save it now,’
And down upon the blackened ground
He dashed the ragged bough.
But wildly, in a rush of hope,
His heart began to beat,
For o’er the crackling fire he heard
The sound of horses’ feet.
`Here’s help at last,’ young Robert cried,
And even as he spoke
The squatter with a dozen men
Came racing through the smoke.
Down on the ground the stockmen jumped
And bared each brawny arm,
They tore green branches from the trees
And fought for Ross’s farm;
And when before the gallant band
The beaten flames gave way,
Two grimy hands in friendship joined —
And it was Christmas Day.
— Henry Lawson (1895)
26/12/2020: A Very Big Bang 1600 Light Years Long: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/12/24/a-blazar-in-the-early-universe/
26/12/2020: More Pack Mods: You should not be afraid to ‘have a go’. No manufacturer ever made the perfect pack (for you) but there is some chance you can do so yourself – at least it is worth a try. I have hauled this old pack around now for a number of years since Joe Valesko (at Zpacks) first made it for me over a decade ago. Back then he called it his ‘Blast’ pack, and it certainly has been for me.
Back then it was half cuben fibre but that wore through fairly quickly. I should not have been surprised really as it replaced an identical totally cuben fibre one I trashed pretty darned quickly which he replaced free of charge! The parts of the pack Joe made in 4.8 oz Dyneema have worn pretty well and we have replaced other bits with pretty much the same material. Della replaced the side and back pockets long ago which had been in a kind of mesh material quite unsuitable for blackberries and the like.
Again some time back I deleted the pad holder pockets and the ‘waist’ belt as you perhaps saw in this post. This made a substantial improvement but I still had the suspension wrong, and the shoulder straps had always been too narrow I felt.
Anyway it is Xmas and no-one is here (as usual). We always have Xmas on a different day as the kids have commitments elsewhere (work, other parents in law, etc), so I decided I would make new straps for it. I also changed their position again and the position of the waist belt. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/12/25/more-pack-mods/
25/12/2020: Camp and Trail By Stewart Edward White (1907). What a gem this Project Gutenberg ebook is. Though you may be ‘ultralight’ in your hiking/hunting methodology now there is much you owe to strategies outlined here so long ago, or which you may have forgotten, and should re-learn. Anyway it will make an excellent Xmas holiday read if you download it to your phone for free. The contents and list of illustrations may give some hint of the joys within. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/12/25/camp-and-trail/
25/12/2020: Beware falling Iguanas on Xmas Day. Fairly chilly here at Jeeralang Junction too. Only 8C overnight. I have a jumper on. But Merry Xmas: https://www.breitbart.com/environment/2020/12/24/florida-forecasters-warn-of-falling-iguanas-on-cold-christmas-day/
25/12/2020: Alarmism Dies In The
25/12/2020: Great Election Fraud Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAavMXC99UI&feature=emb_title & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF_baAbzAvI&feature=emb_title & https://twitter.com/i/status/1342098544547794944
24/12/2020: Was Jesus really born in Bethlehem – seems the important datum was to establish his lineage to King David: https://theconversation.com/was-jesus-really-born-in-bethlehem-why-the-gospels-disagree-over-the-circumstances-of-christs-birth-150828?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20December%2018%202020%20-%201816217657&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20December%2018%202020%20-%201816217657+CID_8da855f702f43e9b0e0a79f0d3683e14&utm_source=campaign_monitor_us&utm_term=Was%20Jesus%20really%20born%20in%20Bethlehem%20Why%20the%20Gospels%20disagree%20over%20the%20circumstances%20of%20Christs%20birth
24/12/2020: Just when Hydroxychloroquine gets US approval the main Chinese plant burns down: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/12/unexplained_explosion_and_fire_destroy_worlds_second_largest_pharmaceutical_factory_producing_precursors_for_hydroxychloroquine_.html
24/12/2020: Decertification – it’s getting close in three states at least. If Pence (today) sends it back to the states to do their homework properly it certainly will happen and it will be all over for Biden: https://noqreport.com/2020/12/23/will-mike-pence-defend-the-constitution-and-the-republic-today/ & https://joannenova.com.au/2020/12/breakthrough-georgia-senate-committee-recommends-decertification-of-biden-electors/
Trump is putting the pressure on Mike, but I doubt he will fail anyway: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/mike-pence-must-tomorrow-president-trump-retweets-operation-pence-card-urging-vp-act-fraudulent-election/
23/12/2020: Watch this. One hour ago. This is not a man who has given up. He will still be the President on 21 January: https://streamable.com/c9ukrf PS: I notice he is no longer using Youtube!
23/12/2020: Unknown Bird Update: Nature Finds a Way. The Horsfield Bronze Cuckoo (which is what it turned out to be – first mentioned in this post) in our garden has at last attracted a mate with the calling which we were unable to identify for some weeks (al la Edward Thomas’ poem) – and here they both are:
23/12/2020: The other Holocaust – if you ever wonder why
23/12/2020: On January 6 Mike Pence can reject the electors from all the disputed states which would confirm Donald Trump as President. Hope that happens. Interesting times: https://noqreport.com/2020/12/21/vice-president-pence-can-save-it-all/ Why this is the ‘fight of our lives’: https://joannenova.com.au/2020/12/this-is-the-fight-of-our-times-steve-bannon-on-china-and-the-capture-of-the-elites/ PS: Mike Pence doesn’t sound like a man who is quitting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm6Nx4mgxiM&feature=emb_title
This is the real bombshell. Pence must act by December 23rd. Merry Xmas Donald Trump: https://nationalfile.com/exclusive-white-house-memo-details-how-pence-card-can-save-trumps-presidency-on-dec-23/
22/12/2020: The War on 'Manly Men' Why is the Left so heavily invested in reversing traditional sex roles? Good Question: ‘Progressives are at war with anything perceived as normal and traditional. Everything that has made us in the West who we are, and made us the freest, most prosperous, most accomplished, most civilized civilization in history – our religious beliefs, our values, our traditions, our art and literature, our history, our heroes, even our science – is now deemed either racist, sexist, classist, homophobic, Islamophobic, colonialist, oppressive, exploitative, or a toxic combination thereof, and must be erased. Our past and any links to it are unacceptably unwoke, and so Progressives seek relentlessly to redefine, or preferably eradicate, every cultural norm in order to remake the world according to their self-righteous, allegedly inclusive, collectivist, utopian vision’: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/12/war-manly-men-mark-tapson/ PS: I admit I was upset by the Vic Govt’s recent abolition of the traditional terms ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ which I favour as avowals of our love for each other over awful neuter dispassionate terms such as ‘partner’ and ‘spouse’ nor does either of us mind in the least being either a man or a woman, but clearly there is (much) more to this agenda. This podcast might make a pleasant alternative; https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/steven-rinella-meateater-interview/
22/12/2020: Very Little Threat to the Reef: Try to read Peter Ridd’s summary of his new book dispassionately: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/book-excerpt/2020/12/bad-science-isnt-a-victimless-crime/
22/12/2020: The sheer number of manufactured votes by the Democrats is just astonishing, over 13 million and probably more. For the number to be anywhere near correct one would have to believe that voter turn-out for the lackluster candidate Biden exceeded every other candidate in a century – and by a huge margin, more than has ever been experienced anywhere which has voluntary voting and more indeed than most get with compulsory voting: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/breaking-huge-simple-math-shows-biden-claims-13-million-votes-eligible-voters-voted-2020-election/ Here is a useful graphic: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2020/12/compare-contrast-obama-trump-and-the-record-shattering-political-powerhouse-megastar-joe-biden.html
21/12/2020: The Most Important Question: How Should We Live: https://www.city-journal.org/elizabeth-lasch-quinn-ars-vitae
21/12/2020: I’m not an anti-vaxer, but this is weird: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/founder-of-vaccine-safety-website-ex-pharma-insider-found-dead
21/12/2020: How Can This Be? Modern Iceland’s Climate Is Colder With More Ice Than Any Other Time In The Last 8000 Years Except The 1800s: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/12/16/modern-icelands-climate-is-colder-with-more-ice-than-any-other-time-in-the-last-8000-years-except-the-1800s/
20/12/2020: ET Call Home: Is this the one: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9067117/Alien-hunters-carefully-investigating-mysterious-radio-signal-Proxima-Centauri.html
20/12/2020: Rorke’s Drift: A painting of this famous battle (where British troops won more VCs than in any other single engagement) has been given a ‘trigger warning’. What a weird world we are forced to live in. The 1964 film ‘Zulu’ about this historic engagement has always been one of my favourites. https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/12/19/now-zulu-war-battle-of-rorkes-drift-gets-blm-style-trigger-warning/
20/12/2020: Watch the documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Mw58r0FkNo&feature=emb_title
19/12/2020: After more than 300,000 lives lost, the American Medical Association (AMA) rescinds hydroxychloroquine prevention order so that doctors can now prescribe Hydroxychloroquine tablets (HCQ) to cure and prevent the Covid-19, as documented in its November 2020 handbook resolution: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/12/18/trump-was-right-on-hydroxychloroquine/ Time you did the same Dan?
19/12/2020: How many ways can they find to
cheat? I mean during an
‘audit’ of a sample of ballots people are ordered (against their protests) to
count 138 votes with exactly the same signature! https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/mi-sec-state-official-caught-video-telling-volunteers-count-multiple-ballots-signature-audit-votes-antrim-county/
19/12/2020: Ratcliffe’s report and Presidential Executive order trigger today (https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/12/executive_order_13848_and_the_stolen_election.html
) Pentagon ‘transition’ has been
suspended by Miller. (https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/breaking-big-pentagon-halts-biden-transition-defense-briefings/
). Trump is meeting with the head of Defence (Miller) right now: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/developing-trump-meet-acting-defense-secretary-chris-miller-oval-office-330-pm/ We just cannot abide the current situation
Here’s why: https://joannenova.com.au/2020/12/corruption-is-like-acid-to-democracy-the-phase-change-a-high-trust-nation-risks/.
Maybe something is happening at last. We could see this: https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/general-flynn-tells-all-trump-has-options/
PS Martial law has been declared at least 64 times in the
18/12/2020: Navarro Report into voter fraud out today. The Ratcliffe report (https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/dni-ratcliffe-resuses-sign-off-elections-report-intel-officials-include-damning-info-chinas-attempts-influence-election-deep-state-hiding-facts/ ) will be even more damning. These is more than enough evidence here to convince the House of Representatives to overturn the election result. We can but hope: https://www.scribd.com/document/488495896/Navarro-Report#from_embed
17/12/2020: The Presidential Executive
Order regarding ‘foreign interference’ in
17/12/2020: These sea surface numbers are all over the place. Just as with air temp and CO2 figures over time we lack reliable data from which to prognosticate. An old neighbour of mine (when asked when he thought the ‘drought’ would break used to say, ‘It’s rained before and it will rain again’. That’s still about as good as it gets - and folks who claim to be able to ‘see’ the future are just snake oil salesmen and charlatans: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/12/16/sea-surface-temperatures-hadley-centre-v-noaa/
16/12/2020: The Rise and Fall of the Tallest Mammal to Walk the Earth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDk1Ft50bsI&feature=emb_title
Terrorist who beheaded a French teacher is given a hero's funeral in his native
16/12/2020: Yes it
matters: ‘To think that today we are freer to speak our minds in
15/12/2020: The Truth About the Reef: No big deal; it’s fine: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/12/09/peter-ridd-its-the-science-thats-rotten-not-the-great-barrier-reef/
15/12/2020: The Great Reset. How mad is this? By 2030, they don’t want anyone to own property: https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6210343297001
14/12/2020: ‘The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why’, Mark Twain
14/12/2020: Requiem for a Female Serial Killer: https://quillette.com/2020/12/08/requiem-for-a-female-serial-killer-a-review/
are at war with
13/12/2020: Facebook apparently thinks that my friends are not adults who can read something then make up their own minds but feels that it can/should remove something I said or a link that I added because it is ‘misinformation’. This includes for eg a link which shows dozens of studies attesting to the efficacy of common generic medicines in preventing death from covid, but other things besides. I am offended by this interference with free speech. I can agree that there ought to be some restrictions placed on my ability to promote truly abhorrent, dangerous things such as child molestation, illegal drugs, terrorism etc (not that I would) but these nannies go way beyond this and have become nothing but tyrants. PS: The link was to an item on Jo Nova’s excellent website: https://joannenova.com.au/
13/12/2020: ENSO: the role of natural forcings on the climate – in this case changing sea surface temperature (since 1525). Interesting to say the least: https://www.drroyspencer.com/2020/12/500-years-of-global-sst-variations-from-a-1d-forcing-feedback-model/
13/12/2020: What can we do with the Left? Anything? Just about as important an essay as I have read in a long while: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/12/the_time_for_talking_with_the_left_is_long_long_past.html
12/12/2020: Something (other than civil war – or a Harris Presidency!) must be done, and quickly. I know there are still many, many legal battles still being fought, but the situation is becoming increasingly desperate: https://www.breitbart.com/podcast/2020/12/11/conservatives-urge-state-legislators-appoint-clean-slates-electors-under-constitution/
Seriously bad news for the future of the ‘free world’, the Supreme Court has
refused to hear the
12/12/2020: How (best) to talk to the trees – your taxes at work: ‘Trees are like human beings. They have intelligence. They have feelings. They communicate with each other. And also, they are perfectly silent listeners. You can complain to them… I hope we can create some kind of trend, that actually people are going to run to the parks and start complaining to the trees. This is one way of healing at this moment of our history’ https://davidthompson.typepad.com/davidthompson/2020/11/barking.html#more
Whatever the dangers of Covid might have been (and I think they were slight)
there is no doubting that it has been used as an excuse for massive social
changes some of which may never be undone. The (small) loss of life was
always going to be less important than the loss of freedom and ‘way of life’
for billions of people. The ‘pandemic’ was a creature of the left and has been
used by the left to cement their power and takeover of practically everything.
We must fight back: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/12/10/the-usefulness-of-covid-19-fear/#more-205948
Why are 3,000 people a day dying of covid in the
11/12/2020: The Supreme Court already made this ruling in Oct. 2020 in a 5-3 decision. Check: 2nd & 3rd paragraph
The court's 5-3 ruling means that absentee ballots will be counted only if they are in the hands of municipal clerks by the time polls close on Nov. 3.
The justices determined the courts shouldn't be the
ones to decide the election rules amid the coronavirus pandemic that is surging
"The Constitution provides that state legislatures — not federal judges, not state judges, not state governors, not other state officials — bear primary responsibility for setting election rules," Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in a concurring opinion.
So the Left thinks they will not decide in a like manner in the current (
11/12/2020: Was Robin Hood beheaded on the King’s orders? https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/robin-hood-beheaded-nottingham-robert-wetherby-b1763946.html
Global Mean Temperature Anomaly Record; How it works and why it is misleading: ‘Indeed, the 1.2 degree Celsius global
temperature change in the past 120 years, depicted as alarming in Figure 7, is
only equivalent to the thickness of the “Average” line in Figure 9. As the
figure shows, the difference in average temperature from January to July in
these major cities ranges from just under ten degrees in
11/12/2020: How to cheat with a Dominion voting machine – better watch this today as Youtube intend to take all this material down. NB The machine will accept all manner of dodgy votes even blank ones and votes can easily be manipulated. We should not ever move to using such electronic voting procedures and should straightaway eliminate computer tallying of votes. In my opinion we should also get rid of all pre-polling too and go back to the great mass of voters voting together with all due surveillance and security (including secure voter ID) on the one ‘election day’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46CAKyyObls&feature=emb_title
11/12/2020: Toothbrush Spoon: The patent for this idea was filed in 1934 so it is not my idea, but it is my take on it – and at 3.3 grams it works and saves you weight on your toothbrush. Just cut the toothbrush down then add a couple of small o-rings and voila! BTW: The handle I cut off weighed 13.6 grams! Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/12/10/the-toothbrush-spoon/
10/12/2020: Damn! Starship One Explodes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLo73YkEvpM&feature=emb_title
10/12/2020: An 87 page Senate Committee Report just came out into Joe and Hunter Biden’s corrupt financial dealings with the Chinese Communist Party. Read it yourself. How would this have affected the election result? https://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/HSGAC%20-%20Finance%20Joint%20Report%202020.09.23.pdf
one way the steal worked: a vote for Biden was counted at 113%, Trump at 87% -
nice advantage if you can get it! This is actual proof using a confiscated
election computer from
10/12/2020: You have probably noticed this yourself ie that
(alleged) ‘fact-checkers’ are Newspeak for partisan disinformation operatives. Here’s
a case in point from
10/12/2020: It will be just (great) if Trump is able to take down the tech giants - as Howell (etc) outlines here. There will be a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth if these billionaires end without the shirts on their backs, as they ‘richly’ deserve. We will have to wait and see. Come on Texas: https://richardsonpost.com/howellwoltz/19243/did-president-trump-just-go-nuclear/ & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/exclusive-president-trumps-executive-order-regarding-foreign-intervention-us-elections-may-result-perilous-consequences-biden-family-others/ & https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/time-for-action-on-big-tech/ar-BB1bJ9c0 & https://richardsonpost.com/howellwoltz/19350/trump-taking-donw-the-ccp/ & https://joannenova.com.au/2020/12/trumps-two-year-sting-executive-order-13848-may-trigger-by-dec-18/ Of course he might also use the Insurrection Act to overturn the fraudulent election and arrest the perpetrators.
all over Joe (except the coming gaol term of course): https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/end-case-trump-attorney-jordan-sekulow-mi-ga-pa-wi-required-respond-texas-case-thursday-good-news-video/
Now 18 states (including Arizona) join
09/12/2020: Amazing Planetary Conjunction – watch for it on the shortest day: https://www.dailywire.com/news/jupiter-saturn-will-soon-form-first-visible-double-planet-in-nearly-800-years
09/12/2020: RIP Chuck Yeager a Genuine American Hero – what the ‘Right Stuff’ was made of: https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/american-legend-general-chuck-yeager-is-dead-at-97/
Tucker Carlson on the
09/12/2020: Arizona Legislators have now taken their election back (This will make a loss to Biden of five states (73 votes) and will take Trump notionally to 305): https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/rep-daniel-mccarthy-announces-arizona-legislators-invoked-article-2-section-1-meaning-arizona-is-officially-contested-election/
Giuliani is a 76 year old cigar smoker, but he's ‘recovering quickly' from a
virus deemed so 'dangerous' it's turned the Western world into a giant prison. I
think he may take Biden down yet. The Supreme Court is moving closer to taking
over all the state election challenges this week, starting probably in
08/12/2020: Lest We Forget: Vale Victorian MP Lieutenant Hamilton Lamb, 2nd AIF - died 7 December 1943 as a Jap PoW on the Burma railway, the only Australian MP to be killed in a war: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2020/12/vale-victorian-mp-lieutenant-hamilton-lamb-2nd-aif-died-7-december-1943-as-a-jap-pow-on-the-burma-ra.html
07/12/2020: The Deer Hunter’s Phone: Imagine a phone that allows you to communicate with someone else several kilometres away without being connected to the phone network. Unihertz’s Atom XL is a very rugged fully waterproof dual Sim mobile phone which also takes a micro SD card with a 48 mp camera which also contains a DMR UHF walky-talky at a very handy package size of 134.5 x 65 x17.5mm (5.29″ x 2.55″ x .69″) and 243 grams. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/12/07/the-deer-hunters-phone/
just can’t believe the vast evidence of vote fraud in the
07/12/2020: Some of the good news you don’t see: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/12/06/monckton-vs-lancet-on-the-benefit-of-warming/
07/12/2020: This could prove a big boost for the Valley: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/12/04/aussie-brown-coal-to-clean-hydrogen-plant-will-address-carbon-capture-eventually/
06/12/2020: Mastering the Hiking Energy Budget: I guess ‘everyone’ understands about calories per gram in choosing their hiking food requirements – if you want to save weight, and have realised that does not mean eating nothing but peanut butter – 6 calories per gram or 7 for real butter, no matter how weight-desirable that might be (I have many food tips here) – but there are many other similar considerations.
For example the post FuelFollies (and others) explains how you can save weight by carrying less fuel, alternative fuel or lighter stoves of various sorts. This line of reasoning culminates in a 20 gram titanium roll up wood burning stove which you can make for yourself for less than $4 in the post Mastery of Fire – amongst other things. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/12/06/mastering-the-hiking-energy-budget/
05/12/2020: What Nonsense: There may now be more ‘aborigines’ in
05/12/2020: What a neat idea – The Nomad Legless Awning: https://newatlas.com/outdoors/fast-nomad-car-camping-awning/
05/12/2020: I believe I would still want to but I can understand these 8 Reasons Straight Men Don’t Want To Get Married: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/8-reasons-men-dont-want-t_b_3467778?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly9wam1lZGlhLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAI1YVt-x_tnWGi7tCKo5yZ8RhwgW9pOZX1QAO8lTo_l7aII8Hjr2cD72UwkECMEx3lbsorRRbqlcJLJM0T2cEYT4A5pKSFp4rzIvzFj2DexeQF_ijnrJ3CG7IRR0YbLk6tdn38zaYGUGQh_QDDcAYwWmCG751SNirRxLilb8oxSY
04/12/2020: The Great Reset. What Fun It Will Be! Let Them Eat Weeds and Insects: https://moonbattery.com/let-them-eat-weeds/
Evidence of Fraud’, they said. Well, here are several suitcases of fake votes
being counted with no-one watching in the wee small hours in
03/12/2020: Even the mainstream press is beginning to doubt the Democrat win. If they checked the truckloads (literally) of evidence eg here (https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/) they would soon wake up: https://spectator.org/legitimacy-of-biden-win-buried-by-objective-data/
03/12/2020: Once they give me some of this I will be able to remember what it is called: https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2020/12/419201/drug-reverses-age-related-mental-decline-within-days
03/12/2020: Military lessons from Nagorno-Karabakh: https://ecfr.eu/article/military-lessons-from-nagorno-karabakh-reason-for-europe-to-worry/
02/12/2020: The Insurrection Act: There is a way out: https://thedonald.win/p/11Qkx3eTye/-breaking--sidneypowell1-just-re/c/
02/12/2020: Kilometres of prehistoric rock art – come on
02/12/2020: Scott Adams, an expert in hypnosis and brainwashing (and Dilbert creator), explains how the MSM and social media have taken over the country by deciding information flow: https://www.scottadamssays.com/2020/11/26/episode-1199-scott-adams-part2-come-join-me-for-thanksgiving-and-catch-up-on-all-the-narrative-crackin/
01/12/2020: What Goes On Beetlejuice: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/betelgeuse-star-dim-supernova-death-what-happened
01/12/2020: Well Hello Big Blue: https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2020/11/19/Back-from-the-brink-of-extinction-blue-whales-return-to-South-Georgia/5301605794235/
The election was lost in four massive
vote spike updates in the small hours of the morning after the election when no
scrutineers were present to view the ‘counting. Most of them occurred too fast
for them to have been counted at all and had a Biden proportion
which was completely unbelievable (compared what his vote was tracking
elsewhere/elsewhen.: No. They were not ‘anomalies. They were clear fraud. This
is third world vote rigging of the worst kind. https://votepatternanalysis.substack.com/p/voting-anomalies-2020 Those involved with the attempted coup
should be charged with treason – and face the death penalty. Biden and
Harris richly deserve to be executed for this treason: https://noqreport.com/2020/11/28/those-involved-with-the-attempted-coup-should-be-charged-with-treason/
‘Twitter has banned the link to an article which I find credible, backed up by
off the record sources, that there was a bloody battle between the U.S. Army
Delta Force and the CIA in Germany when the Dominion server was confiscated and
brought back to this country for forensic analysis. Lives were lost and the
nature and location of their demise is not being fully disclosed’ Should
President Trump declare martial law if the
30/11/2020: Soros does appear to have been arrested. Will he implicate Biden? https://richardsonpost.com/howellwoltz/19070/has-george-soros-been-arrested/
30/11/2020: One Cicada Doesn’t make a Summer: I was just doing some work clearing our new walking path in the bush up the creek behind our house yesterday (and again today) when this big guy suddenly turned up on my arm. I had been lopping some small branches with the machete and he must have been on one. Gave me quite a start I can tell you! He (or she) must be around3″ (75mm) long – and what a delightful green colour! Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/11/30/one-cicada-doesnt-make-a-summer/
30/11/2020: We are going back to the moon – and soon: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/11/27/artemis-i-stacks-up/
30/11/2020: A Newly Discovered Fraud of 20,000 votes in Nebraska: https://thedonald.win/p/11QSH33bqD/urgent-my-lawyer-and-i-have-disc/ & https://thedonald.win/p/11QSH34hq3/sarpy-co-nebraska-exceeds-histor/c/ & (very telling) a Democrat’s evidence about the Georgia fraud: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/officials-something-hide-enough-preponderance-evidence-doubt-result-democrat-elections-observer-weighs-corrupt-georgia-vot/ & 2,000 completely fake ballots (all signed by the same person) found in just one county in the Wisconsin recount: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/exclusive-president-trump-individual-individuals-voted-illegally-wisconsin-gateway-pundit-exposed-earlier/ The FBI is now (finally) investigating: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/new-fbi-requests-files-of-people-voting-in-multiple-states Now major fraud in Virginia & Minnesota have been discovered too. President Trump is interviewed about the fraud: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0oNtzcKSAE&feature=emb_title
29/11/2020: Another unexplained High Country death. What is happening up there? https://www.heraldsun.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts/sam-wilsons-high-country-murder-still-an-unsolved-mystery/news-story/7578f25f6eba05d03c7401dcd41f998c
29/11/2020: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence and the Wow Signal: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/11/26/an-approximation-to-determine-the-source-of-the-wow-signal/ Extra reading Carl Sagan’s ‘Contact’ and the movie of the same name based on it.
as you would expect ‘in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of
deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on
deaths in the
handy summary of the Election Fraud for those who came in late. PS: There is progress that this apparent
Biden win will be overturned. There are moves afoot for legislatures to use
their constitutional power to appoint electors (especially when an election’s
results cannot be relied upon as in the present case). This is well advanced
for example in Pennslvania. Recounts continue in some states,
28/11/2020: The ABC (and SBS) should be scrapped. The 90%+ of Australians who do not support green communist politics are sick of bankrolling this evil nonsense: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/11/26/fake-news-their-abc-is-not-popular/
28/11/2020: Jordan Peterson’s New Book (You owe it to yourself to familiarise yourself with this seminal thinker): https://fee.org/articles/why-jordan-peterson-s-new-book-couldn-t-be-more-timely/
Powell’s Brief of Evidence in Georgia (opens as a Pdf). And Russell
Ramsland’s Affidavit (https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/18693929/1/14/king-v-whitmer/)
This is (the) hard evidence of fraud. You really should read both. Literally
hundreds of thousands of instances of fraud (in eg
Astonishing fraud at the
25/11/2020: Cancelling Citizenship. Yes we must if people refuse to give any loyalty to our country and insist instead in being its enemies (or seek to spend their whole lives just having a lend of us). I have long since argued that citizenship ought not be conferred by birth and that it should be revocable (akin to the ancient punishments of ostracism or outlawry). It should be earned and actively applied for and come with duties (not just ‘rights’). Cancelling Benbrika’s citizenship is a good beginning: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2020/11/peter-dutton-cancels-citizenship-of-muslim-terrorist-abdul-nacer-benbrika.html
lunacy: If the Federal Government’s budget seems pretty crazy (it is) then
many problems with the numbers – like this one (a million too many votes in
24/11/2020: It's Over Joe: Matt Braynard shows inarguably that we cannot rely on the result of the 2020 election because of the quantity of proven voter fraud. Therefore the election result must be decided by other means ie either by legislatures appointing Electoral College members or throwing the matter over to the House to decide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH9ihoLi1NA&feature=emb_title This material will be filed in challenges to the election in (at least) six states tomorrow. Those challenges will obviously succeed.
24/11/2020: 97% of Trump supporters believe the election was fraudulent and stolen – and you think this will end well? https://twitter.com/jennaellisesq/status/1331301607443738624?s=21 But, The legal cases are just beginning. For example this group has begun to file: https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/group-files-emergency-petition-wisconsin-after-finding-potentially-150000 This is the Ramsland Affidavit (lodged by Lin Woods in Georgia) Do read it: https://t.co/M7J9IZ1cfk?amp=1 It should open as a Pdf document You can open it from here: https://twitter.com/DrPaulGosar/status/1330725927051960322?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1330725927051960322%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fthedonald.win%2Fp%2F11QRyLnGSW%2Ftrump-rt-ramsland-affidavit--dom%2Fc%2F even Dr Shiva (who invented email and diagnosed the huge Dominion fraud) has one: https://thedonald.win/p/11QRyKf97e/its-unlawful-to-certify-any-elec/c/ Sidney Powell will file in Georgia Wednesday. How astonishing is this three weeks out Arizona ‘discovers’ another 6,000 Trump votes – this is after ‘certifying’ the election result: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/breaking-ballot-count-upload-error-arizona-6000-false-biden-votes-discovered/
23/11/2020: Shattering! This is the ‘dragon’ Sidney Powell must slay: https://gnews.org/577635/
23/11/2020: Meanwhile a Top Pathologist Describes Covid 19 as ‘The Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetrated On An Unsuspecting Public’ (and an interesting survey: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/11/21/survey-results-where-are-all-the-sick-people/) : & https://www.thelibertybeacon.com/covid19-comparable-to-common-cold-swedish-doctor-exposes-how-weve-been-played/ & Matt Ridley argues against the efficacy of lockdowns: http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/the-new-lockdown-is-a-deadly-mistake/ & https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/top-pathologist-claims-covid-19-greatest-hoax-ever-perpetrated-unsuspecting-public
23/11/2020: You can’t fight a war from your lounge room however much the luvvies
(or transgender loving Angus Campbell) might wish it so - or without
getting your hands dirty and maybe a little bloody from time to time as well.
Get real! It seems highly unlikely in the extreme that anyone our SAS shot in
23/11/2020: The fight to save the
22/11/2020: A World Without John Cleese Would be So Much Poorer: https://pjmedia.com/culture/tyler-o-neil/2020/11/22/hilarious-john-cleese-savages-transgender-orthodoxy-in-epic-tweetstorm-n1166266
22/11/2020: Bang! Goodbye Cancer: https://www.timesofisrael.com/with-new-elegant-chemo-israeli-scientists-edit-genome-to-destroy-cancer-dna/
seem to really enjoy cannibalism in
22/11/2020: Over half of Americans
believe the elections were fraudulent and stolen by the Democrats including 75%
of Republican voters and 30% of Democrat voters (indeed 32% of Democrats want a
special investigation into Hunter Biden). This latter group is important as
they know they did not vote for Biden/Harris and their far-Left agenda - and
that most of their friends did not either! This coup against the American
people is the greatest blow against democracy everywhere in my lifetime. It is
akin to the threats of Nazism and communism taken together. It cannot be
allowed to succeed. It cannot be ‘put right’ by the 2024 election because there
can never be another free and fair election if this heist succeeds. Those who
perpetrated it are traitors. There are tens of millions of Americans willing to
die in defence of their freedoms who will not allow these traitors to succeed.
Let’s hope that Sidney Powell and her little band of heroes succeed in having
this disaster overturned legally otherwise it will be overturned by force of
arms. Biden and Harris will never be President and/or Vice President. It
is unlikely they will even survive what is coming for them unless the matter is
resolved by the Supreme Court. As
When the Federal Electoral Commission Chairman says that the ‘massive amounts of affidavits that we see in these cases show that there was in fact fraud that took place’ it is serious stuff.Let the arrests begin! https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/federal-election-commission-chairman-trump-campaign-bringing-legitimate In Georgia they found a whole field of four-leafed clovers in just a few hours, something which just does not occur in nature: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/confirmed-georgia-stolen-tally-shows-massive-biden-vote-dumps-lost-votes-trump-vote-ratios-statistically-impossible/
Just this one batch of 23,000
identified fraudulent votes would overturn the result in
PS: If this goes to the House (as we all hope - where Reps have a 30:20 majority ie a Trump win) those 20 Dems will look very bad if they vote to support the fraud – especially if they hope ever to have anyone vote Democrat again!
21/11/2020: Sidney Powell is such an extraordinarily brave honest woman, such an astonishing rarity. A little while ago I did not know who she was but have been most impressed by the video performances she has given recently, but now I know (having read this bio) and now I am absolutely certain that she is right and will not be swayed or defeated. She is one of those unique individuals who will not lie or shrink from danger. She is an inspiration. Frankly I had forgotten that there were still such people in the world who are both brave and true, but the age of hero(ines) has not passed. She has risked her all in defence of Donald Trump but moreso in defence of the Republic and the idea of freedom for us all. She has many huge malevolent enemies who will seek to destroy her. I am sure she has drawn other heroes around her who will defend her to the death, just as there are literally millions of American who are ready to die for Donald Trump should it become necessary to do so. These are such dangerous times. If you do nothing else today, read the bio. It will warm your heart and restore your faith in the essential goodness of humanity: https://stream.org/i-know-sidney-powell-she-is-telling-the-truth/
21/11/2020: Israeli research reverses aging: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/anti-ageing-reverse-treatment-telomeres-b1748067.html
21/11/2020: Better than Yoga – a female orgasm cult that cold change the world: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8962029/Inside-orgasm-cult-investigation-FBI.html
21/11/2020: I worry about blood on the streets over this stolen election. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-trump-fraud-insight-idUSKBN2801D4 75%+ of Republican voters beleve it was
stolen and even a third of Democrat voters! The recount of paper votes in Georgia
meant it should have gone to Trump as they switched 81,000 votes there by
computer. Likewise Wisconsin (47,000 votes)
20/11/2020: Incredible fraud just
being let go during the recount. Thousands of printer generated ballots which
were counted as real. At least 7 affidavits (so far) from scrutineers (from
both parties!) who each saw hundreds of them in a row - all for Biden. This
will not go away: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/several-georgia-recount-monitors-describe-odd-batches-ballots-stood-pristine-sheets-perfectly-marked-bubbles-100-joe-biden/
Meanwhile, Lots of people support Trump – over 70 million of them: https://twitter.com/i/status/1327692815787290629 This is happening (cancelling Trump’s
We already knew about social media, Google etc cancelling all sorts of
(contrary) ‘opinion’, now financial institutions may have the ability to cancel
you as a person altogether: https://joannenova.com.au/2020/11/can-your-bank-delete-you-its-almost-like-the-start-of-an-american-social-credit-system/
Also, New statistical evidence of the enormous vote fraud in Pennsylvania. Electronic
voting machines are banned in
19/11/2020: Nano Chair #2: Another version of an ultralight chair. I think this is the one I will go with – once I have refined it a little further. As you can see it weighs only two ounces (56 grams). It is slightly more comfy than my trusty Cyclone Chair i have used for many years but may not be quite so durable. I will be able to make t so. This is definitely my first prototype – made last night. It gets me about 6″ (15 cm off the ground and has reasonable and comfortable back support.
I made this entirely out of 1.25 oz/yd2 silnylon. I started with a piece of 25″ x 37″ which I hemmed all around – like so. The other strips (4 of) are 7″ wide also hemmed all round. In future versions I will refine the pieces more. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/11/18/nano-chair-2/
19/11/2020: The Nano Chair: I first made a prototype of this chair half way through 2017, but it has waited on some fancy fasteners to come to fruition. This is #1 (of two) of my Nano Chair, a hiking chair which weighs less than 2 ounces approx 50 grams. No-one needs be without a comfy seat in the wilderness ever again. I have made it in three colours so you can remember how it goes together: Red = Rear. This is the bit nearest your bum which wraps around the inflatable mat; Black = Back, the two bits which hold the back (the rolled up mat together; and Yellow = Y, the piece which keeps the back of the chair from falling over. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/11/18/the-nano-chair/
19/11/2020: Edward Snowden shows how to hack the voting machines – and he is a guy
who should know. If he asks Trump nicely will he be allowed to come back
(with impunity) from
18/11/2020: Good news today: The
county board of canvassers in Wayne County, Michigan refused to certify the
election results. If the state board follows suit, the Republican state
legislator will select the electors. And that’s
is happening (cancelling Trump’s lawyers): https://joannenova.com.au/2020/11/swamp-is-terrified-of-trumps-legal-cases-resorting-to-big-dollar-ostracism-cancel-culture-to-drive-out-lawyers/
We already knew about social media, Google etc cancelling all sorts of
(contrary) ‘opinion’, now financial institutions may have the ability to cancel
you as a person altogether: https://joannenova.com.au/2020/11/can-your-bank-delete-you-its-almost-like-the-start-of-an-american-social-credit-system/
Also, New statistical evidence of the
enormous vote fraud in Pennsylvania. Electronic voting machines are banned
18/11/2020: About Kevin Rudd’s fake New Corp Royal Commission petition which is littered with fraud and fake names (such as ‘Jess Christ’ and ‘This Sucks’). I notice however that he has no objection to the insane one-sidedness of the ABC & SBS: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/11/18/the-petition-elect/
18/11/2020: 100% Indigenous: This is the ‘cure’ for ‘indigenous disadvantage’. Since we can now chose our ‘racial identification’ and it is deemed ‘discriminatory’ to require that people prove any small fraction of ‘indigenous’ background (even 1/32nd or even 1/64th ancestry) clearly it is time that any ‘discrimination towards the non-indigenous (eg in disallowing them access to 2/3rds of the nation, or access to certain educational, health, welfare, ‘services’, exemptions to paying rates on their land etc (whilst still being required to pay for the indigenous programmes) come to an end. The obvious way to end it is if everyone simply becomes ‘indigenous’ by making a statutory declaration to that effect. If this needs to be backed up by a supporting statutory declaration from a fellow ‘indigenous person’ attesting that the application is accepted as ‘indigenous’ by them and their ‘community’ this also should not be too hard to arrange. There is clearly already a huge cohort of such people ‘on the rolls’ so to speak, as the nightly television displays of blue-eyed, blond haired, fair skinned ‘indigenous’ spokespersons clearly demonstrates. Once all of us are ‘indigenous to Australia’ once again, we will then own Australia once more, and can begin to address the real problems of ‘disadvantage’ – or at least the issue of helping those (who for whatever reason) actually need (or deserve) our support. As an addendum to this idea, since the other large part of ‘disadvantage’ involves ‘gender’ and since you can now (legally) chose it, I think we should all forthwith chose to be women. This would clearly at the stroke of a pen end all discrimination against women (and men) and have many other interesting (and hilarious) consequences.
17/11/2020: It is a coup. We need to get used to saying it and fighting it with
every breath of our beings – else democracy everywhere is lost:
The Great Generation managed to keep their courage and stare down the evils of
Nazism and Fascism for six long horrible years. Why even my generation managed
to maintain its opposition to communism for seventy years (until the Wall fell)
but has failed in its courage more recently in relation to
Thomas explains the
16/11/2020: Space X: Isn’t this just great? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU6KogxG5BE
16/11/2020: Ultralight DIY Bushcraft Chair: I have posted about this chair before but I have to admit I had never made one myself. Well now I have – and I’m sold. I made this chair out of a scrap of (approx) 2 oz/yd2 ripstop nylon from Spotlight I had left over from another project. It took less than half an hour to sew and about two minutes to construct with four sticks. Yes they are tomato stakes, not the best material as the edges tend to cut into the cord.
Round poles would be better. Cutting straight green hardwood saplings would be the surest way of getting a strong chair but if you don’t want to do that you can collect and carefully test dry dead branches found on the forest floor. The little 41 gram Sierra saw is all you need to cut them to size. The two side poles are OK at 6-7′ but the rear one would be better a bit longer. (All these are 6′ tomato stakes). I have used a piece of 1″ dowel at the front of the seat. It is about 4′ long.
The chair will be more comfortable if this is also lashed to the two side poles (about 2″ higher than you see it here). That will allow you to sink into the chair more. It will also make it a bit harder to get in and out – a factor if you are my age. If the three poles (particularity the rear one) are a bit longer you will be able to lie back and relax a little more.
I suspect you could use a piece of stout cord instead of the front crossbar. This would make the chair more hammock-like and perhaps more comfortable. You could put your inflated mat in it too if you wanted ultimate luxury. It is quite comfortable enough as it is really. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/11/15/ultralight-diy-bushcraft-chair/
16/11/2020: ‘Deplatforming’ of conservative sites is the ultimate in ‘Newspeak’ and ‘Big Brotherism’. I had not realized ‘Wordpress’ which I use on my hiking blog is so sinister. May have to reprise: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/11/the_conservative_treehouse_is_being_deplatformed.html
16/11/2020: The same algorithm email inventor Dr Shiva discovered stealing 100s of 1000s of votes in Pennsylvania was also used in Michigan: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/caught-part-2-email-inventor-dr-shiva-finds-impossible-ballot-ratio-feature-michigan-results-caught/ and Wisconsin https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/caught-part-3-impossible-ballot-ratio-found-milwaukee-results-change-wisconsin-election-30000-votes-switched-president-trump-biden/ Trumps lawyers Sidney Powell https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/sidney-powell-drops-bomb-sunday-morning-futures-cia-may-used-dominion-benefit-gina-haspel-fired-immediately-video/ and Rudy Guiliani https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/trump-attorney-rudy-giuliani-says-election-will-overturned-proof-cant-disclose-yet-video/ explain how it was used in all six states which are in dispute. They say this election will be overturned before December and Trump will have won the election. Sidney Powell says more than 100,000 people have come forward with statements – too many to process all the evidence! PS: The almost ‘perfect’ deduction of 40% of the Trump vote in these jurisdictions (but not elsewhere) has to be seen to e believed! Only a computer could do this.
15/11/2020: It does not get any more politically incorrect than ‘wokefishing’ - though I suspect it is a thing: http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/index.php/2020/11/13/november-13-2020-reader-tips/
15/11/2020: This is our
This day is call’d election day.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,
And rouse him at the name of Donald Trump.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say “That was the day he won re-election.”
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say “These wounds I had on election day.”
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words—
Donald J. Trump, and all who stayed with him,
And on his side and with him to the end
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And election days shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be rememberèd—
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in
Shall think themselves accurs’d they did not stay the course,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon election day.
15/11/2020: The number of illegal voters in Arizona (alone) exceeds the margin by which Biden allegedly won the state: https://thespectator.info/2020/11/12/arizona-rep-points-out-that-the-number-of-potential-non-citizen-voters-is-higher-than-bidens-lead-in-the-state/ When you just print 100,000 fake votes the chances of their being real works out to be 1 in 10 to the power of 274! No evidence of fraud. Move on: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/exclusive-georgia-difference-president-ballots-president-trump-biden-statistically-impossible-indicating-obvious-election-fraud/ & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/ga-poll-watcher-expert-non-trump-supporter-affidavit-sudden-surge-20000-mail-votes-biden-early-hours-nov-5-approx-1000-votes-trump-disappeared/
Sidney Powell s great: so glad Trump has her on his side: https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/sidney-powell-im-going-to-release-the-kraken-im-going-to-expose-every-one-of-them/
14/11/2020: Trump will now have the
evidence he needs. He has seized the computers in
14/11/2020: DIY Tripod Stool Hack: You can dismantle a cheap $20) tripod stool which you can buy just about anywhere to scavenge the top cover (which in this case weighs less than 100 grams) to make an ultralight hiking stool – with the aid of your new Pocket Serra saw I wrote about here: Ultralight Tent Poles If you are handy with a sewing machine you can make your own cover which will weigh less than 2 ounces (say 50 grams). This is a great way to get yourself from ultralight hiking furniture. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/11/14/diy-tripod-stool-hack/
14/11/2020: Trump’s IT team has already discovered enough illegal or double votes
to overturn the results in at least
Hundreds of thousands of unverified votes were counted in Nevada: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/former-nv-ag-bombshell-ai-computer-vision-experts-reveal-signature-verification-setting-200k-ballots-manually-lowered-40-video/ & https://thefederalist.com/2020/11/06/american-hustle-party-insiders-tell-the-true-story-of-how-philadelphia-elections-work/ These are real people who voted yet they are showing up on the rolls as having not done so: https://thedonald.win/p/11Q8c6xUb2/please-help-my-vote-was-not-coun/
13/11/2020: Ultralight Tent Poles: Tent poles can’t get any lighter than if you don’t carry any – which is what I do/don’t. This is particularly weight-saving if you are young and don’t need to carry hiking poles, something which I simply did not need until I was nearly 65! Perhaps when I finally get my new knees I will no longer need them either!
Instead of carrying poles I simply cut what I need from
fallen timber on the forest floor. In
I made my own one ounce (28 gram) for this purpose. See How to Carry a Saw
If you don’t have the tools/confidence to do this yourself, Coghlans have come to your aid with this 41 gram folding ‘Sierra Saw‘ which has a 4″ (10 cm) blade. It is a lock blade folder which like all pruning saws cuts on the pull stroke so you should not break the blade.
I picked up a couple from Aussie Disposals in Traralgon (Vic) this morning for A$22.99 each (Nov 2020). Like all their products it is well made and good value. There is a lighter pocket pruning saww (34 grams) which i wrote about here, but it is very hard to source one. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/11/13/ultralight-tent-poles/
13/11/2020: This woman’s (2 year old) dog voted in the Presidential election (though it is not known who she voted for): https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/my-dog-voted-in-the-presidential-election/
13/11/2020: Is this communism, or what? ‘As of 30 June 2020, there were over two million public servants across the three levels of Australian government costing $174 billion, yes billion dollars…The Australian public sector accounted for 16.5% of the number of people employed as at end June 2020. Up from 15.9% twelve months earlier. ’ https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/11/12/private-sector-recession-public-sector-party/ Disturbing: 1 public sector worker for every 6 private sector workers. Ridiculous.
13/11/2020: The fraud evidence is
overwhelming. He has already had a win this morning in a lower court in
13/11/2020: A small army of IT geniuses is/are helping Trump get to the bottom of this election fraud – so far they have identified 300,000+ fake votes in Pennsylvania alone (where Trump trails by 20,000 votes): https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/faith-hundreds-pro-trump-volunteers-scouring-voter-data-already-nearly-300000-vote-discrepancies-identified-pennsylvania-alone/ Dominion Systems where much of the fraud occurred is basically a democrat front: https://thenationalpulse.com/exclusive/dominion-dem-donors/ Here is what just one has found: https://noqreport.com/2020/11/12/it-expert-finds-multitude-of-flaws-in-dominion-voting-systems-solutions-allowing-easy-manipulation-of-vote-tallies/ In Michigan alone 138,000 votes were switched, changing the results completely: https://joannenova.com.au/2020/11/electronic-vote-fraud-equation-revealed-in-michigan-in-4-counties-138000-fake-votes-for-biden/
12/11/2020: This is how the election is going really: Biden 226, Trump 232, with a Trump win the most likely outcome after all the fraud, recounts etc are dealt with: nhttps://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/current-election-update-trump-ahead-states-ec-votes-legitimate-votes-history-biden-committing-greatest-fraud-ever/
12/11/2020: Just a little civics: ‘Thanks very much to the fellow who purchased
12/11/2020: Why does the earth pulsate every 26 seconds: https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a34531984/earth-pulsates-every-26-seconds/
11/11/2020: 'O, what a tangled web we weave’…So many smart people out there: Dr Shiva shows how millions of votes were stolen: It is slow going, and nearly an hour long but you we it to yourself to watch it through. This is how mathematicians spot computer fraud and are able to calculate the algorithm which created it. Dr Shiva shows exactly how many votes the computers stole (from Trump to Biden). Many more than enough to have completely overturned the election result. These Republican states (such as Michigan) will require a manual count of the votes before the election results are certified to correct these computer 'glitches' and Trump will have won the election. Watch and weep. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ztu5Y5obWPk&feature=emb_title
11/11/2020: The Computer Fraud: Based on this initial analysis over 500,000 votes were identified that were switched from President Trump to Joe Biden. In addition to this another 2,865,757 votes were deleted: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/breaking-exclusive-analysis-election-night-data-states-shows-millions-votes-either-switched-president-trump-biden-lost/ In Pennsylvania, 23,000 ballots have an impossible return date — earlier than ‘sent date’: https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/pennsylvania-smoking-gun/ A Voting apocalypse: 10,000 rise from the grave to vote (for Biden) in Michigan: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/huge-analysis-finds-10000-dead-people-returned-mail-ballots-michigan/ & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/trumps-director-election-day-operations-tweets-photo-republican-poll-watchers-no-entry-list-philly/ & https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/11/06/a-pro-bono-lawyer-for-trump-campaign-shares-what-he-saw-in-pennsylvania/ For a million bucks’ reward there will be whistleblowers: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/texas-lt-governor-dan-patrick-offers-1-million-reward-evidence-voter-fraud/
11/11/2020: How was this fraud co-ordinated: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/six-battleground-states-democrat-governors-pause-counting-election-night-coordinated/
And here’s how it will be undone. Attorney
General Barr has already sent out thousands of operatives into the field. Soon
people will start ‘singing’ to save themselves all over
11/11/2020: You may think this is a joke but in at least one case it fact-checks: ‘I threw out every Trump ballot I saw. Tens of thousands of them and so did all of my co-workers’ https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/self-described-dem-party-worker-detroit-resident-brags-facebook-work-wayne-co-mi-threw-every-trump-ballot-saw-tens-thousands-co-worke/ and here’s another: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/trump-campaign-witness-saw-biden-harris-van-stop-las-vegas-nevada-center-unload-fill-boxes-ballots-video/ and another https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/no-humans-verified-any-signature-matches-in-nevada/ Many more are coming in every minute, eg https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/lindsey-graham-possible-ballot-harvesting-in-pennsylvania-involving-25000-nursing-home-residents/ & https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/jason-miller-we-found-illegal-ballot-harvesting-in-georgia/ & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/erie-pennsylvania-usps-worker-placed-unpaid-leave-blowing-whistle-backdating-ballots/ & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/stunning-sworn-affidavit-former-mi-asst-ag-election-worker-assigned-new-names-voters-appeared-absentee-ballot-person-already-voted/ & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/huge-exclusive-michigan-ag-dana-nessel-sends-cease-desist-order-journalist-demanding-erase-detroitleaks-video-showing-voter-fraud-training-face-criminal-prosecution/
11/11/2020: Real Clear Politics Pulls
11/11/2020: If just the illegal
non-citizens were removed from the electoral rolls Trump would have won easily
– and this is only a (small) part of the fraud. You cannot expect
the majority of the people to have faith in democracy (even lay down their
lives in defence of it) if clearly and demonstrably year after year the nation
is run and controlled by the minority and elections are never free and fair. In
10/11/2020: Real Clear Politics Pulls
10/11/2020: Pfizer Stopped Testing COVID-19 Vaccine Results in Late October, Placed Samples in Cold Storage to Be Tested the Day After the Election: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/report-pfizer-stopped-testing-covid-19-vaccine-results-late-october-placed-samples-cold-storage-tested-day-election/ Advice: Don’t buy into related shares until after you see whether Trump wins/loses. Of course Pfizer may have done this just to protect their own interests – imagine if they had released these results just before the election and Trump Biden won – he would have destroyed them. They may have been trying just to distance themselves.
10/11/2020: It’s all in the Log Files: As I have said before this fraud will
be detected, undone and its perpetrators prosecuted and gaoled. An example to
Here we see the visual evidence of this fraud in
10/11/2020: This is how Hammer and Scorecard computer vote fraud works. Watch
Trump lose 20,000 votes in one second in
09/11/2020: Of course Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvnia all have Republican
legislatures so that they can simply appoint the Electoral College members if
they are not satisfied that the vote represents the people’s will (and may
do so, as has been done before) however in all three states their own
governemts have also ordered an examination of the elections in their states.
For example: Read
the letter… & https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/pa-house-speaker-calls-full-audit-election-returns-theyre-certified,
etc. There is also a mandatory recount in
09/11/2020: How likely is this? Folks so keen to vote for Pres Joe Biden they didn’t bother to vote for the Senate or the House? There are a really lot of these Biden only votes: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/identified-450000-ballots-miraculously-vote-joe-biden-sidney-powell-drops-bomb-sunday-morning-futures-video/ More than anything this is indicative of hastily constructed fake votes.
09/11/2020: It is coming undone: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/11/07/detroit-ballot-tabulators-entered-names-of-non-voters-during-count/ & https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2020/11/07/nevada-whistleblower-says-he-witnessed-processing-of-illegitimate-votes/ From allowing clerks to fix spoiled ballots to permitting voters to escape ID rules, Wisconsin election officials took actions that were not authorized by legislature. https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/many-200000-wisconsin-residents-may-have-voted-absentee-without-having
Voting statistics reveal voter frauds
and demand a recount ‘as if someone
flipped a coin 100 times and got heads every time’. https://thenationalpulse.com/politics/pennsylvania-vote-anomalies/
The rescan of votes in
09/11/2020: It’s certainly not over: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/11/wait_just_a_minute_some_very_good_news_may_be_coming.html & https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/11/mathematical_impossibilities_may_be_what_trips_up_democrat_plans.html & https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/11/hammer_scorecard_and_a_venezuelatechnology_election.html It’s in the Log files stupid: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/11/there_are_no_software_glitches.html
08/11/2020: NB Bad Stuff: Suddenly a truck arrives at 4:00am with 61 boxes of ballots. Within minutes this centre processes 100,000 tallies (when it had only processed 7,000 all night. Go to around 15:30 in the witness video: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/felt-like-drug-deal-asian-american-ballot-observer-detroit-describes-mysterious-van-dropping-off-61-boxes-ballots-4-video/ Wisconsin Election Clerks May Have Illegally Altered Thousands of Ballots: https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2020/11/07/report-wisconsin-election-clerks-may-have-illegally-altered-thousands-of-ballots/?fbclid=IwAR0t2LSzv5K-uavZDqcXuILnt4ndvS_AzGSuvzICY0anD4XlITMSYP_IbU8 & Bucks County, Pennsylvania Board of Elections Director Confirms “Spoiled” Ballots Were Illegally Handled and Destroyed: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/breaking-project-veritas-bucks-county-pennsylvania-board-elections-director-confirms-spoiled-ballots-illegally-handled-destroyed-video/ & A former Democrat Governor blowing the whistle on Democrat vote fraud: https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/rod-blagojevich-sounds-the-alarm-on-democrat-voter-fraud/
08/11/2020: There are 100,000 Provisional Votes still to count in
08/11/2020: It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over: News networks do not decide or call
election results. This Morning there are many reasons to think that the fraud
is real and that redress will occur. There were (at least) two (huge) computer
‘glitches’, the ‘Dominion System’ glitch and the ‘Hammer and Scorecard’ glitch
for example. Just one of these would be enough to overturn the result. Two
individual examples of the Dominion System glitch eg
07/11/2020: DIY Ultralight 07/11/2020: DIY Ultralight Chimney Rings: This is an update to my posts about a DIY Tent Stove and Ultralight Chimney. When you roll up the (eg .1 mm) stainless steel of titanium foil to make a chimney (which will otherwise fit in your billy - when it is rolled the other way) you need rings to hold the chimney shape.
I made my first set out of strips of foil which I joined with a pop rivet. This works, and they can be trimmed so that they don't cut your fingers (so much), but i suggested at the time this alternative: making them out of stainless steel (or titanium) wire joined with swages/ferrules/crimps.
You can source double-barrel (fishing) crimps. The ones I found at Amazon were single barrel, and in the photo I have only crimped once in the middle, though two crimps would be more secure. This method has certainly reduced the weight of the rings, made them so they will not cut your fingers and easier to fit in your billy.
This method has also brought the weight of the bands down from around 2 grams each to (as you can see) .59 grams). This is for a 40 mm diameter ring. I will be making my rings/chimney 35 mm (so that rolled up it will fit in my 5" high billy) so they will be slightly lighter than that - probably around .54 grams each. I need around 20 of then - so around 11 grams for the rings. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/11/07/diy-ultralight-chimney-rings/
07/11/2020: Voter turnout of 200% seems just a bit over the top. (https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/milwaukees-sky-high-voter-turnout-prompts-lawsuit-seeking-explanation) You can be caught out by the numbers: http://joannenova.com.au/2020/11/biden-votes-pattern-fails-an-easy-first-test-for-tax-fraud/ But there was no fraud: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/11/milwaukee_officials_have_some_explaining_to_do.html I notice that already Zuckerburg has been ‘caught out’ throwing a quarter of a billion dollars into this blatant vote buying operation.
07/11/2020: However, this farrago can be fixed (and has been in the past): https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/huge-exclusive-keep-faith-president-trump-will-win-election-based-constitution-per-retired-intel-operative-tony-shaffer/ & https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/michigan-update-election-software-gave-6000-trump-votes-to-biden-same-program-used-in-47-counties/ https://www.theblaze.com/op-ed/horowitz-state-legislatures-rectify-election-fraud
07/11/2020: More evidence of fraud (Claims)
https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/alert-why-does-biden-have-so-many-more-votes-than-democrat-senators-in-swing-states/ and even more sinister here: https://twitter.com/JamesOKeefeIII/status/1324411235329191936?s=20 Systematic corruption and criminality in the ‘Democratic’ Party. It will be interesting if this proves to be true ie that all official ballots are encrypted in such a way they cannot be copied so that fake votes will be revealed. It may well be true as this story from 2018 reveals: https://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/403148-dhs-chief-calls-on-election-officials-in-all-50-states-to-have The rumour is that Federal officials have already been sent out by Trump to do this: https://grayseconomy.com/2020/11/05/will-dhs-officials-follow-the-watermark-to-verify-the-election/ & http://enjoyingthejourney.blogspot.com/
06/11/2020: The writer below itemizes the maths of the fraud pretty well I think https://redstate.com/scotthounsell/2020/11/05/excuse-me-while-i-call-bs-n275572while these articles illustrates some of the tricks used: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/11/05/pollak-seven-kinds-of-election-interference-from-fraud-to-censorship-legal/ & https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/11/count_and_recount_every_vote_until_you_win.html & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/breaking-project-veritas-nevada-usps-carrier-caught-tape-pledging-voter-fraud-remove-president-trump-office-video/ & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/cant-believe-seeing-coup-registered-democrat-poll-watcher-details-corruption-philly-vote-counting-center-video/ & https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/11/stealing_pennsylvania.html while this observer actually saw 130,00 Biden votes illegally delivered (ie after the cut-off time) at 4:00 am in the morning – just as Pres Trump predicted would happen the night before: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/watch-ballot-count-watcher-describes-least-130000-ballots-biden-arriving-three-vehicles-detroit-dead-night/
06/11/2020: It is a coup. In the greatest democracy, the home of the free world, the light of the world. In the middle of the night hundreds of thousands of votes simply appeared out of thin air all 100% Biden with no oversight, no checks and balances, no scrutiny when Trump was way ahead and it was mathematically impossible for Biden to win. In a country with non-compulsory voting where closer to 50% participation is the norm, suddenly participation was (in the rigged areas) over 90% - in some cases over 100%! The Dems stole the election. If it ends in civil war I would not be surprised. All our money is out of the market which I expect to go into free fall any time. You might catch more about it here: https://www.citizenfreepress.com/ or here https://redstate.com/ or here https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/ but you certainly will not get it from the conventional media, Facebook, Twitter…they are all in on it. I suspect it will end in bloodshed. PS: Lots of folk even came back from the grave to vote for Joe Biden (encouraged perhaps by his similarity to themselves): https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/118-year-old-dead-detroit-man-voted-for-biden/ With any luck though the delinquent states will be ordered (by the Supreme Court) to have a re-vote for the Presidency (under closer supervision): https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-happens-if-the-election-was-a-fraud-the-constitution-doesnt-say/ & https://ballotpedia.org/Can_a_redo_be_held_for_a_presidential_election%3F_(2020) or it can be fixed this way: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/breaking-state-legislatures-swing-states-may-end-saving-union-work/ First referenced article here: http://joannenova.com.au/2020/11/usa-2020-coup-in-progress/
05/11/2020: Mastery of Fire: For a million years (or more) this has been a defining ‘element’ of human life, indeed so much so that certain ancients considered it as one of four primordials: earth, water, air, fire. Indeed this classification has a resonance to it still.
Early man learned that fire not only provided essential warmth (and protection from predators) it reduced food energy dependence and improved health, but that it added (energy and flavour) value to that food as well. Of course this is still the case.
For the ultralight hiker the problem is how to get fire’s many advantages at the lightest possible weight – hence this post. The 20 gram titanium roll-up stove can be used as a windscreen with an alcohol burner or as a twig stove – if you want to save fuel or have run out of fuel. This is so much better than a gas stove which might easily run out of fuel or block up and be useless See Fuel Follies. The empty gas canister alone weighs probably seven times this!
The 32 grams for this set up (the cosy weighs 12 grams) is so much lighter than any gas set-up with nothing to go wrong. I just use a couple of spare tent pegs – 5.5 grams each – (for the pot stand) I carry anyway in case I need them for tent anchor side tie-outs on particularly windy nights. It also produces a substantial warmth at the door of your tent on a cold morning when you have your first cuppa of the day. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/11/05/mastery-of-fire/
05/11/2020: Unbelievable: Seven Milwaukee wards report more 2020 presidential votes than registered voters: https://mkecitywire.com/stories/564495243-analysis-seven-milwaukee-wards-report-more-2020-presidential-votes-than-registered-voters-biden-nets-146k-votes-in-city Voter ‘turn out’ at 90% was higher than we get with compulsory voting but in seven wards it was greater than 100%.
05/11/2020: Dems are such blatant crooks. No scrutiny allowed while they cheat. They have kicked out everyone with a GOP badge out of the room and won’t let anyone in. BUT they are still counting and only Dems are in the room. police are barricading and supporting this: https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2Fi%2Fstatus%2F1324117887368499202%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0RAI0f3PMBwgDMAuP--69gRnxxWXVg8MPiavneT9R-wmaDCz23hVVjPZE&h=AT0gw7bmIIzsdS6YM5dCOQvbLGBZP1hqoF9uKYv4VNFlz67NxBd-FXHwtcZRtGDcE0foRWPWtGQmaNmfcZOUpbS06Vza7U_WA76FJ5EhrGWY26Gox4ztom2-n08GwArfgvg&__tn__=H-R&c=AT2f4xESOSESeUaJrGagj-OVlB5GC01aZjR1K6b58xN_4kIChTJFJSX8MzxFn3xEfQ7RQ2uwp3uGFEmLIDQV8buLpfxmxNZ4MWQcOA0qFTKQDgh199C2u4rFLZflYTAW_8hFgjBVNXkox5G4
05/11/2020: Massive Voter fraud: So while everyone was
asleep and after everyone went home, Democrats in
04/11/2020: Trump is clearly talking about
enormously major electoral fraud. His team has clearly detected it and will
have the evidence. Important people will go to gaol over this and
Trump is right that the remaining votes need to be secured and the matter be
sorted by a third party – which does just happen to be the Supreme Court. If
you look at the maths of the states in doubt, basically seven ‘Republican’ and
two ‘Democrat’ it is impossible for Trump to lose or Biden to win. The margin
of votes already counted is too great for the difference to be made up by
counting the remaining votes even if all voted for the same person which they
would not have. They would fall in a similar way to those already counted plus
or minus a predictable amount say 10-15% either way, not enough to make up a
deficiency of say 80-90% if the votes had already been counted and one
candidate was already say 10-12% ahead. Yet clearly this level of fraud is just
what his scrutineers (or others) have detected. I noticed during the day people
posting Youtubes of some fraud: box stuffing, refusal to admit scrutineers, etc
but apparently it was more massive than that – otherwise he could just have
allowed the count to proceed to Biden’s inevitable defeat - as he really has
clearly lost – in a big way. For example, it is mathematically impossible for
him to catch up in Pennsylvania with 75-88% of the votes counted and Trump
ahead by 12% with of over 5 ¼ million votes counted (630,000 ahead). With say
12% of voted still to be counted Biden would have to secure more than every
single uncounted vote. The same situation applies in every ‘Rust Belt’ (ie
Democrat controlled state) and in
04/11/2020: By 9:30 am (just a little over
an hour after voting opened in Florida Trumps’s vote had surged ahead of the
Democrat’s (and the Dow went up 500 points in half an hour). If you
04/11/2020: If only we had a Tucker Carlson. If only we had a Donald Trump. Good luck today Donald. May you have every success and go on to drain the dismal swamp that political and social life has become: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI_aK6W-jp0&feature=emb_title
03/11/2020: Public ‘welfare’ needs to rid itself of its ‘incentivisation’. If you reward something you will get more of it. That is why we have so much bad behaviour today. If you want to reduce dependence on the public purse that purse needs to become much less generous and the rod somewhat heavier particularly as the virus has robbed us of so much of our national wealth. For a start I propose this: Everyone should have a ‘right’ (only) to wholesome bread (say 2,500 calories per day worth) clean water (say 10 litres for drinking and washing), access to a (squat) toilet, a roof overhead of a night – I work outside when it rains. Haven’t washed away yet in over 70 years. Canvas is fine for a roof – I have spent years of my lfe under less, one blanket, a wooden board to sleep on, minimum clothing for climate/decency: two sets, one clean, one on the line. If they want more they will have to make an appropriate effort to obtain it at a set minimum hourly/tonnage rate. I would suggest people be provided with a large concrete space appropriately gridded and furnished with discrete measured heaps of sharp sand and a No 10 shovel. Moving a tonne of sand from one grid square to an adjacent one will be rewarded with a set dollar amount per tonne with which they can purchase other goods (eg jam, tea, meat, etc) at a set rate. At 5’ tall and 66 years old my wife Della can easily move ten tones of sand a day and have lots of time to ‘smell the roses’ – and frequently does, for enjoyment (ie both of those things). That ten tonnes should provide anyone with enough money to live in very modest comfort, say the current minimum dole payment approx $300/week. If they want more then they will need to ‘improve’ themselves. I believe that if this regime is implemented immediately the several million people on ‘welfare’ will very soon ‘improve’ themselves so that they are no longer on welfare a year later. If I am wrong after one year, I will reconsider. Let’s give it a try. It’s our money after all!
is happening again: How Much The 2016 Polls Missed By In Every State… https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/exactly-how-much-the-2016-polls-missed-by-in-every-state/
but the Dems and others are again not going to accept the result. In
03/11/2020: Two days out from the election Kamala (who very likely will end up President – after all the default choices are her or Mike Pence) admits to being a communist.This will not go down well. Here it is, Kamala: ‘Equality and equity are not the same thing, (equality is not enough because) not everybody’s starting out from the same place…Equitable treatment means we all end up at the same place’. This is literal Communism. Translation: ‘Equitable treatment means you all end up a pile of skulls.’ Hilary is helping out by promising an avalanche of radical left legislation: https://moonbattery.com/hillary-promises-blitzkrieg-of-radical-left-legislation/
02/11/2020: Press censorship on this scale is an enormous evil (perpetuated by Biden and his associates), and what do you suppose happened to Hunter Carson’s documents? (https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/10/the-case-of-the-disappeared-biden-documents.php): https://www.zerohedge.com/political/heres-censored-biden-story-forced-glenn-greenwald-quit-firm-he-founded Meanwhile Biden’s corruption is incontrovertibly confirmed: https://pjmedia.com/election/victoria-taft/2020/10/30/boom-hunters-smoking-gun-email-implicating-joe-biden-just-blew-up-n1107034 PS: I notice the story is back online on Twitter after the firm’s shares crashed 20%! Maybe the people don’t support such censorship after all but would like to be allowed to make up their own minds? However, it just didn’t work and the voters are roaring back to return Trump with a stunning victory. Just you wait and see: https://townhall.com/columnists/wayneallynroot/2020/11/01/las-vegas-oddsmaker-announces-final-prediction-trump-electoral-landslide-coming-n2579146
02/11/2020: ‘The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.’ Bertrand Russell For example, no worry about ‘global warming’: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/10/31/roger-revelle/
02/11/2020: Indeed they do –unless you happen to be one of their chosen ‘elites’: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/11/01/western-governments-have-absolute-contempt-for-citizens/
Days Trekking the EBC: (A Year Ago Today) Della: ‘And so we are back! 9
days trekking along the Everest Base Camp trail, Lukla to Dingboche. Our final
climb above Dingboche was as high aa Everest Base Camp, but I never wanted to
experience the cold and privation of the last 2 days of the trail, so we were
happy to call Dingboche our goal. And it was beyond amazing: I never expected
it to be the journey of a lifetime, but it was… The soaring beauty? The time,
whilst walking, to contemplate my life…? I only know that I felt more energy
and happiness than one small, imperfect heart can hold, and each day that heart
swelled further with gratitude for all the people whose loving support put me
there: my husband and lifelong guide, my family support-crew back home who kept
our home base running amidst their already busy lives, my friends who cheer me
from these Facebook pages daily, and my outstanding cardiologist who saved me
just moments from death exactly a year ago and then solved (though not quite
“cured”) my heart problem. So many people – giving so much: No wonder my heart
soared. The cynic that usually inhabits my soul might suggest that all this
emotion was a side-effect of the steroids that I was prescribed to help prevent
altitude sickness.. Who knows?!
01/11/2020: Ghost Shrimp and Other Small Fry: This post is an accompaniment to my recent post Small Game. It is not so hard to supplement your hiking rations with some tasty protein after all. A couple of hundred grams of protein will meet your daily requirements, whilst 500+ grams will be nearly enough for your total daily food needs. This is just not that hard to get. A good place to look is in the water
Of course if you are traveling along the seashore there
will be shellfish aplenty on every rocky promontory, and at least in
There are pretty much no shellfish anywhere which are actually poisonous (if fresh) though few are as delicious as pipis (which only need to be lightly steamed open), so shellfish represent a ready food source – testified to by the huge ‘middens’ of such scattered all along our coasts left by earlier denizens. Often these are 5-10 metres high! Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/11/01/ghost-shrimp-and-other-small-fry/
01/11/2020: Look particularly at the steep decline in the case fatality rate: https://issuesinsights.com/2020/10/29/5-more-covid-charts-democrats-and-the-press-dont-want-you-to-see/
01/11/2020: Biden will steal the family home. Hidden in his agenda is this wicked plan. Don’t think this will go down well when/if it gets out: https://rosebyanyothernameblog.wordpress.com/2020/10/29/biden-to-take-family-homes-from-children/ Bizarrely they also plan to retract Trump’s tax cuts and steal a few thousand each from middle class voters, of course whilst also banning the family car & etc, etc. What maniac is writing their policies?
Macron: ‘The goal is to build an Islam in
are taking ‘hate speech’ to a whole other level in
31/10/2020: The reaction to the Nice
attacks is truly terrifying. (eg Mahathir thinks ‘millions of French people
should be killed). We really must end Moslem immigration and indeed reverse
it eg by paying those already here to leave even if it eventually costs a
million dollars for every one, but I imagine we could manage it at a tenth or a
hundredth of that.
30/10/2020: Must not let Della see this or I will have to be out hunting every day: Antlers in Jackson Wyoming.
30/10/2020: I like coconuts too but are you going to climb that tree: https://nypost.com/2020/10/28/costco-pulling-products-allegedly-made-with-forced-monkey-labor/
30/10/2020: The physics is settled: There can be no more warming from CO2 or water vapour: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/10/26/study-suggests-no-more-co2-warming/
29/10/2020: The Spooky and Dangerous Side of Black Licorice: I used to love it too until we worked out it was giving me terrible leg cramps: https://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2020/10/27/the_spooky_and_dangerous_side_of_black_licorice_111589.html
29/10/2020: The bed as a private space only shared by partners is a recent invention: Groucho Marx ‘Anything that can’t be done in bed isn’t worth doing at all.’ https://www.fastcompany.com/90404121/the-bizarre-secret-history-of-beds
29/10/2020: Biden will lie about anything to become President, but attempting to cover up his criminal son’s vile pedophilia is utterly beyond the Pale. Mind you he is a creepy touchy-feely guy himself so one does not look far to see where the apple came from: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/10/breaking-exclusive-hunter-biden-pictures-half-naked-exposed-certain-minor-joe-biden-lying/ Meanwhile all over the net Tucker’s interview with Bobulinski itemising Biden’;s corruption has been taken down, but you can still get some snippet and transcripts here: https://pjmedia.com/election/bryan-preston/2020/10/27/bobulinski-the-bidens-are-compromised-and-lying-about-joes-knowledge-of-hunters-deals-with-china-n1099404
Steve Kates: Andrews is the worst political leader in
28/10/2020: How the fake news and polling see the
result, ie 310: 228 in Biden’s favour. Trump needs another 42 Electoral
College votes: Let’s consider him winning
27/10/2020: Astonishing: Touching Down on Asteroid Bennu: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/10/23/touching-down-on-asteroid-bennu/
27/10/2020: The Madness of Crowds. Nothing better illustrates this bizarre phenomenon than the current covid pseudo-crisis, ‘climate change’, demonizing fossil fuels, fantasies about ‘renewables’, socialism, and like ‘boojums’ – of course, they are all linked. I am I hope a rationalist yet I am astonished that people can be led en masse into such folly and that it has become dangerous to wave a pin anywhere near the miraculous balloons of hot air they have generated with their crazy ‘plans’. I trust Trump is right and that no-one will ever even mention ‘Covid’ again after November 4 when a red tide sweeps away so much (if not all) of the above nonsense. What a ‘paper tiger’ it has been. A ‘disease’ most would never know they even had except for the existence of an expensive, invasive and elaborate test – and which 99% throw off in a couple of days. A disease which kills only those who were going to die anyway – and then only if they are sadly neglected by leftist health administrators and the like by denying them cheap and effective treatment. Yet it has been used to shut down the capitalist world as if it was the “Black Death’ when it was never even the Hong Kong Flu let alone tuberculosis or small pox (which did not). The other ‘boojums’ are equally spurious. It all so reminds me of that wondrous Lewis Carroll Poem, ‘The Hunting of the Snark’: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43909/the-hunting-of-the-snark Just some important quotes to illustrate how the elaborate ‘fantastification’ works: ‘What I tell you three times is true.’, ‘One could see he was wise,
The moment one looked in his face!’, this wonderful ‘road map’: ‘Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes!
But we've got our brave Captain to thank
(So the crew would protest) "that he's bought us the best—
A perfect and absolute blank!’, ‘beware of the day,
If your Snark be a Boojum! For then
You will softly and suddenly vanish away,
And never be met with again!', ‘And summed it so well that it came to far more
Than the Witnesses ever had said!’– do you suppose this member of the crew was ‘Joe Biden’? ‘There was one who was famed for the number of things
He forgot when he entered the ship’ And finally: ‘In the midst of the word he was trying to say,
In the midst of his laughter and glee,
He had softly and suddenly vanished away—
For the Snark was a Boojum, you see.’
Fit the First
"Just the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried,
As he landed his crew with care;
Supporting each man on the top of the tide
By a finger entwined in his hair.
"Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:
That alone should encourage the crew.
Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
What I tell you three times is true."
The crew was complete: it included a Boots—
A maker of Bonnets and Hoods—
A Barrister, brought to arrange their disputes—
And a Broker, to value their goods.
A Billiard-marker, whose skill was immense,
Might perhaps have won more than his share—
But a Banker, engaged at enormous expense,
Had the whole of their cash in his care.
There was also a Beaver, that paced on the deck,
Or would sit making lace in the bow:
And had often (the Bellman said) saved them from wreck,
Though none of the sailors knew how.
There was one who was famed for the number of things
He forgot when he entered the ship:
His umbrella, his watch, all his jewels and rings,
And the clothes he had bought for the trip.
He had forty-two boxes, all carefully packed,
With his name painted clearly on each:
But, since he omitted to mention the fact,
They were all left behind on the beach.
The loss of his clothes hardly mattered, because
He had seven coats on when he came,
With three pair of boots—but the worst of it was,
He had wholly forgotten his name.
He would answer to "Hi!" or to any loud cry,
Such as "Fry me!" or "Fritter my wig!"
To "What-you-may-call-um!" or "What-was-his-name!"
But especially "Thing-um-a-jig!"
While, for those who preferred a more forcible word,
He had different names from these:
His intimate friends called him "Candle-ends,"
And his enemies "Toasted-cheese."
"His form is ungainly—his intellect small—"
(So the Bellman would often remark)
"But his courage is perfect! And that, after all,
Is the thing that one needs with a Snark."
He would joke with hænas, returning their stare
With an impudent wag of the head:
And he once went a walk, paw-in-paw, with a bear,
"Just to keep up its spirits," he said.
He came as a Baker: but owned, when too late—
And it drove the poor Bellman half-mad—
He could only bake Bride-cake—for which, I may state,
No materials were to be had.
The last of the crew needs especial remark,
Though he looked an incredible dunce:
He had just one idea—but, that one being "Snark,"
The good Bellman engaged him at once.
He came as a Butcher: but gravely declared,
When the ship had been sailing a week,
He could only kill Beavers. The Bellman looked scared,
And was almost too frightened to speak:
But at length he explained, in a tremulous tone,
There was only one Beaver on board;
And that was a tame one he had of his own,
Whose death would be deeply deplored.
The Beaver, who happened to hear the remark,
Protested, with tears in its eyes,
That not even the rapture of hunting the Snark
Could atone for that dismal surprise!
It strongly advised that the Butcher should be
Conveyed in a separate ship:
But the Bellman declared that would never agree
With the plans he had made for the trip:
Navigation was always a difficult art,
Though with only one ship and one bell:
And he feared he must really decline, for his part,
Undertaking another as well.
The Beaver's best course was, no doubt, to procure
A second-hand dagger-proof coat—
So the Baker advised it—and next, to insure
Its life in some Office of note:
This the Banker suggested, and offered for hire
(On moderate terms), or for sale,
Two excellent Policies, one Against Fire,
And one Against Damage From Hail.
Yet still, ever after that sorrowful day,
Whenever the Butcher was by,
The Beaver kept looking the opposite way,
And appeared unaccountably shy.
Fit the Second
The Bellman's Speech
The Bellman himself they all praised to the skies—
Such a carriage, such ease and such grace!
Such solemnity, too! One could see he was wise,
The moment one looked in his face!
He had bought a large map representing the sea,
Without the least vestige of land:
And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be
A map they could all understand.
"What's the good of Mercator's North Poles and Equators,
So the Bellman would cry: and the crew would reply
"They are merely conventional signs!
"Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes!
But we've got our brave Captain to thank
(So the crew would protest) "that he's bought us the best—
A perfect and absolute blank!"
This was charming, no doubt; but they shortly found out
That the Captain they trusted so well
Had only one notion for crossing the ocean,
And that was to tingle his bell.
He was thoughtful and grave—but the orders he gave
Were enough to bewilder a crew.
When he cried "Steer to starboard, but keep her head larboard!"
What on earth was the helmsman to do?
Then the bowsprit got mixed with the rudder sometimes:
A thing, as the Bellman remarked,
That frequently happens in tropical climes,
When a vessel is, so to speak, "snarked."
But the principal failing occurred in the sailing,
And the Bellman, perplexed and distressed,
Said he had hoped, at least, when the wind blew due East,
That the ship would not travel due West!
But the danger was past—they had landed at last,
With their boxes, portmanteaus, and bags:
Yet at first sight the crew were not pleased with the view,
Which consisted of chasms and crags.
The Bellman perceived that their spirits were low,
And repeated in musical tone
Some jokes he had kept for a season of woe—
But the crew would do nothing but groan.
He served out some grog with a liberal hand,
And bade them sit down on the beach:
And they could not but own that their Captain looked grand,
As he stood and delivered his speech.
"Friends, Romans, and countrymen, lend me your ears!"
(They were all of them fond of quotations:
So they drank to his health, and they gave him three cheers,
While he served out additional rations).
"We have sailed many months, we have sailed many weeks,
(Four weeks to the month you may mark),
But never as yet ('tis your Captain who speaks)
Have we caught the least glimpse of a Snark!
"We have sailed many weeks, we have sailed many days,
(Seven days to the week I allow),
But a Snark, on the which we might lovingly gaze,
We have never beheld till now!
"Come, listen, my men, while I tell you again
The five unmistakable marks
By which you may know, wheresoever you go,
The warranted genuine Snarks.
"Let us take them in order. The first is the taste,
Which is meagre and hollow, but crisp:
Like a coat that is rather too tight in the waist,
With a flavour of Will-o'-the-wisp.
"Its habit of getting up late you'll agree
That it carries too far, when I say
That it frequently breakfasts at five-o'clock tea,
And dines on the following day.
"The third is its slowness in taking a jest.
Should you happen to venture on one,
It will sigh like a thing that is deeply distressed:
And it always looks grave at a pun.
"The fourth is its fondness for bathing-machines,
Which it constantly carries about,
And believes that they add to the beauty of scenes—
A sentiment open to doubt.
"The fifth is ambition. It next will be right
To describe each particular batch:
Distinguishing those that have feathers, and bite,
From those that have whiskers, and scratch.
"For, although common Snarks do no manner of harm,
Yet, I feel it my duty to say,
Some are Boojums—" The Bellman broke off in alarm,
For the Baker had fainted away.
Fit the Third
The Baker's Tale
They roused him with muffins—they roused him with ice—
They roused him with mustard and cress—
They roused him with jam and judicious advice—
They set him conundrums to guess.
When at length he sat up and was able to speak,
His sad story he offered to tell;
And the Bellman cried "Silence! Not even a shriek!"
And excitedly tingled his bell.
There was silence supreme! Not a shriek, not a scream,
Scarcely even a howl or a groan,
As the man they called "Ho!" told his story of woe
In an antediluvian tone.
"My father and mother were honest, though poor—"
"Skip all that!" cried the Bellman in haste.
"If it once becomes dark, there's no chance of a Snark—
We have hardly a minute to waste!"
"I skip forty years," said the Baker, in tears,
"And proceed without further remark
To the day when you took me aboard of your ship
To help you in hunting the Snark.
"A dear uncle of mine (after whom I was named)
Remarked, when I bade him farewell—"
"Oh, skip your dear uncle!" the Bellman exclaimed,
As he angrily tingled his bell.
"He remarked to me then," said that mildest of men,
"'If your Snark be a Snark, that is right:
Fetch it home by all means—you may serve it with greens,
And it's handy for striking a light.
"'You may seek it with thimbles—and seek it with care;
You may hunt it with forks and hope;
You may threaten its life with a railway-share;
You may charm it with smiles and soap—'"
("That's exactly the method," the Bellman bold
In a hasty parenthesis cried,
"That's exactly the way I have always been told
That the capture of Snarks should be tried!")
"'But oh, beamish nephew, beware of the day,
If your Snark be a Boojum! For then
You will softly and suddenly vanish away,
And never be met with again!'
"It is this, it is this that oppresses my soul,
When I think of my uncle's last words:
And my heart is like nothing so much as a bowl
Brimming over with quivering curds!
"It is this, it is this—" "We have had that before!"
The Bellman indignantly said.
And the Baker replied "Let me say it once more.
It is this, it is this that I dread!
"I engage with the Snark—every night after dark—
In a dreamy delirious fight:
I serve it with greens in those shadowy scenes,
And I use it for striking a light:
"But if ever I meet with a Boojum, that day,
In a moment (of this I am sure),
I shall softly and suddenly vanish away—
And the notion I cannot endure!"
Fit the Fourth
The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
"If only you'd spoken before!
It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
"We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
If you never were met with again—
But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
You might have suggested it then?
"It's excessively awkward to mention it now—
As I think I've already remarked."
And the man they called "Hi!" replied, with a sigh,
"I informed you the day we embarked.
"You may charge me with murder—or want of sense—
(We are all of us weak at times):
But the slightest approach to a false pretence
Was never among my crimes!
"I said it in Hebrew—I said it in Dutch—
I said it in German and Greek:
But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
That English is what you speak!"
"'Tis a pitiful tale," said the Bellman, whose face
Had grown longer at every word:
"But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
More debate would be simply absurd.
"The rest of my speech" (he explained to his men)
"You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
"To seek it with thimbles, to seek it with care;
To pursue it with forks and hope;
To threaten its life with a railway-share;
To charm it with smiles and soap!
"For the Snark's a peculiar creature, that won't
Be caught in a commonplace way.
Do all that you know, and try all that you don't:
Not a chance must be wasted to-day!
'Tis a maxim tremendous, but trite:
And you'd best be unpacking the things that you need
To rig yourselves out for the fight."
Then the Banker endorsed a blank check (which he crossed),
And changed his loose silver for notes.
The Baker with care combed his whiskers and hair,
And shook the dust out of his coats.
The Boots and the Broker were sharpening a spade—
Each working the grindstone in turn:
But the Beaver went on making lace, and displayed
No interest in the concern:
Though the Barrister tried to appeal to its pride,
And vainly proceeded to cite
A number of cases, in which making laces
Had been proved an infringement of right.
The maker of Bonnets ferociously planned
A novel arrangement of bows:
While the Billiard-marker with quivering hand
Was chalking the tip of his nose.
But the Butcher turned nervous, and dressed himself fine,
With yellow kid gloves and a ruff—
Said he felt it exactly like going to dine,
Which the Bellman declared was all "stuff."
"Introduce me, now there's a good fellow," he said,
"If we happen to meet it together!"
And the Bellman, sagaciously nodding his head,
Said "That must depend on the weather."
The Beaver went simply galumphing about,
At seeing the Butcher so shy:
And even the Baker, though stupid and stout,
Made an effort to wink with one eye.
"Be a man!" said the Bellman in wrath, as he heard
The Butcher beginning to sob.
"Should we meet with a Jubjub, that desperate bird,
We shall need all our strength for the job!"
Fit the Fifth
The Beaver's Lesson
They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;
They pursued it with forks and hope;
They threatened its life with a railway-share;
They charmed it with smiles and soap.
Then the Butcher contrived an ingenious plan
For making a separate sally;
And had fixed on a spot unfrequented by man,
A dismal and desolate valley.
But the very same plan to the Beaver occurred:
It had chosen the very same place:
Yet neither betrayed, by a sign or a word,
The disgust that appeared in his face.
Each thought he was thinking of nothing but "Snark"
And the glorious work of the day;
And each tried to pretend that he did not remark
That the other was going that way.
But the valley grew narrow and narrower still,
And the evening got darker and colder,
Till (merely from nervousness, not from good will)
They marched along shoulder to shoulder.
Then a scream, shrill and high, rent the shuddering sky,
And they knew that some danger was near:
The Beaver turned pale to the tip of its tail,
And even the Butcher felt queer.
He thought of his childhood, left far far behind—
That blissful and innocent state—
The sound so exactly recalled to his mind
A pencil that squeaks on a slate!
"'Tis the voice of the Jubjub!" he suddenly cried.
(This man, that they used to call "Dunce.")
"As the Bellman would tell you," he added with pride,
"I have uttered that sentiment once.
"'Tis the note of the Jubjub! Keep count, I entreat;
You will find I have told it you twice.
Tis the song of the Jubjub! The proof is complete,
If only I've stated it thrice."
The Beaver had counted with scrupulous care,
Attending to every word:
But it fairly lost heart, and outgrabe in despair,
When the third repetition occurred.
It felt that, in spite of all possible pains,
It had somehow contrived to lose count,
And the only thing now was to rack its poor brains
By reckoning up the amount.
"Two added to one—if that could but be done,"
It said, "with one's fingers and thumbs!"
Recollecting with tears how, in earlier years,
It had taken no pains with its sums.
"The thing can be done," said the Butcher, "I think.
The thing must be done, I am sure.
The thing shall be done! Bring me paper and ink,
The best there is time to procure."
The Beaver brought paper, portfolio, pens,
And ink in unfailing supplies:
While strange creepy creatures came out of their dens,
And watched them with wondering eyes.
So engrossed was the Butcher, he heeded them not,
As he wrote with a pen in each hand,
And explained all the while in a popular style
Which the Beaver could well understand.
"Taking Three as the subject to reason about—
A convenient number to state—
We add Seven, and Ten, and then multiply out
By One Thousand diminished by Eight.
"The result we proceed to divide, as you see,
By Nine Hundred and Ninety and Two:
Then subtract Seventeen, and the answer must be
Exactly and perfectly true.
"The method employed I would gladly explain,
While I have it so clear in my head,
If I had but the time and you had but the brain—
But much yet remains to be said.
"In one moment I've seen what has hitherto been
Enveloped in absolute mystery,
And without extra charge I will give you at large
A Lesson in Natural History."
In his genial way he proceeded to say
(Forgetting all laws of propriety,
And that giving instruction, without introduction,
Would have caused quite a thrill in Society),
"As to temper the Jubjub's a desperate bird,
Since it lives in perpetual passion:
Its taste in costume is entirely absurd—
It is ages ahead of the fashion:
"But it knows any friend it has met once before:
It never will look at a bribe:
And in charity-meetings it stands at the door,
And collects—though it does not subscribe.
"Its flavour when cooked is more exquisite far
Than mutton, or oysters, or eggs:
(Some think it keeps best in an ivory jar,
And some, in mahogany kegs:)
"You boil it in sawdust: you salt it in glue:
You condense it with locusts and tape:
Still keeping one principal object in view—
To preserve its symmetrical shape."
The Butcher would gladly have talked till next day,
But he felt that the Lesson must end,
And he wept with delight in attempting to say
He considered the Beaver his friend.
While the Beaver confessed, with affectionate looks
More eloquent even than tears,
It had learned in ten minutes far more than all books
Would have taught it in seventy years.
They returned hand-in-hand, and the Bellman, unmanned
(For a moment) with noble emotion,
Said "This amply repays all the wearisome days
We have spent on the billowy ocean!"
Such friends, as the Beaver and Butcher became,
Have seldom if ever been known;
In winter or summer, 'twas always the same—
You could never meet either alone.
And when quarrels arose—as one frequently finds
Quarrels will, spite of every endeavour—
The song of the Jubjub recurred to their minds,
And cemented their friendship for ever!
Fit the Sixth
The Barrister's Dream
They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;
They pursued it with forks and hope;
They threatened its life with a railway-share;
They charmed it with smiles and soap.
But the Barrister, weary of proving in vain
That the Beaver's lace-making was wrong,
Fell asleep, and in dreams saw the creature quite plain
That his fancy had dwelt on so long.
He dreamed that he stood in a shadowy Court,
Where the Snark, with a glass in its eye,
Dressed in gown, bands, and wig, was defending a pig
On the charge of deserting its sty.
The Witnesses proved, without error or flaw,
That the sty was deserted when found:
And the Judge kept explaining the state of the law
In a soft under-current of sound.
The indictment had never been clearly expressed,
And it seemed that the Snark had begun,
And had spoken three hours, before any one guessed
What the pig was supposed to have done.
The Jury had each formed a different view
(Long before the indictment was read),
And they all spoke at once, so that none of them knew
One word that the others had said.
"You must know—" said the Judge: but the Snark exclaimed "Fudge!"
That statute is obsolete quite!
Let me tell you, my friends, the whole question depends
On an ancient manorial right.
"In the matter of Treason the pig would appear
To have aided, but scarcely abetted:
While the charge of Insolvency fails, it is clear,
If you grant the plea 'never indebted.'
"The fact of Desertion I will not dispute;
But its guilt, as I trust, is removed
(So far as relates to the costs of this suit)
By the Alibi which has been proved.
"My poor client's fate now depends on your votes."
Here the speaker sat down in his place,
And directed the Judge to refer to his notes
And briefly to sum up the case.
But the Judge said he never had summed up before;
So the Snark undertook it instead,
And summed it so well that it came to far more
Than the Witnesses ever had said!
When the verdict was called for, the Jury declined,
As the word was so puzzling to spell;
But they ventured to hope that the Snark wouldn't mind
Undertaking that duty as well.
So the Snark found the verdict, although, as it owned,
It was spent with the toils of the day:
When it said the word "GUILTY!" the Jury all groaned,
And some of them fainted away.
Then the Snark pronounced sentence, the Judge being quite
Too nervous to utter a word:
When it rose to its feet, there was silence like night,
And the fall of a pin might be heard.
"Transportation for life" was the sentence it gave,
"And then to be fined forty pound."
The Jury all cheered, though the Judge said he feared
That the phrase was not legally sound.
But their wild exultation was suddenly checked
When the jailer informed them, with tears,
Such a sentence would have not the slightest effect,
As the pig had been dead for some years.
The Judge left the Court, looking deeply disgusted:
But the Snark, though a little aghast,
As the lawyer to whom the defence was intrusted,
Went bellowing on to the last.
Thus the Barrister dreamed, while the bellowing seemed
To grow every moment more clear:
Till he woke to the knell of a furious bell,
Which the Bellman rang close at his ear.
Fit the Seventh
The Banker's Fate
They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;
They pursued it with forks and hope;
They threatened its life with a railway-share;
They charmed it with smiles and soap.
And the Banker, inspired with a courage so new
It was matter for general remark,
Rushed madly ahead and was lost to their view
In his zeal to discover the Snark
But while he was seeking with thimbles and care,
A Bandersnatch swiftly drew nigh
And grabbed at the Banker, who shrieked in despair,
For he knew it was useless to fly.
He offered large discount—he offered a cheque
(Drawn "to bearer") for seven-pounds-ten:
But the Bandersnatch merely extended its neck
And grabbed at the Banker again.
Without rest or pause—while those frumious jaws
Went savagely snapping around—
He skipped and he hopped, and he floundered and flopped,
Till fainting he fell to the ground.
The Bandersnatch fled as the others appeared
Led on by that fear-stricken yell:
And the Bellman remarked "It is just as I feared!"
And solemnly tolled on his bell.
He was black in the face, and they scarcely could trace
The least likeness to what he had been:
While so great was his fright that his waistcoat turned white—
A wonderful thing to be seen!
To the horror of all who were present that day,
He uprose in full evening dress,
And with senseless grimaces endeavoured to say
What his tongue could no longer express.
Down he sank in a chair—ran his hands through his hair—
And chanted in mimsiest tones
Words whose utter inanity proved his insanity,
While he rattled a couple of bones.
"Leave him here to his fate—it is getting so late!"
The Bellman exclaimed in a fright.
"We have lost half the day. Any further delay,
And we sha'n't catch a Snark before night!"
Fit the Eighth
They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;
They pursued it with forks and hope;
They threatened its life with a railway-share;
They charmed it with smiles and soap.
They shuddered to think that the chase might fail,
And the Beaver, excited at last,
Went bounding along on the tip of its tail,
For the daylight was nearly past.
"There is Thingumbob shouting!" the Bellman said,
"He is shouting like mad, only hark!
He is waving his hands, he is wagging his head,
He has certainly found a Snark!"
They gazed in delight, while the Butcher exclaimed
"He was always a desperate wag!"
They beheld him—their Baker—their hero unnamed—
On the top of a neighbouring crag,
Erect and sublime, for one moment of time,
In the next, that wild figure they saw
(As if stung by a spasm) plunge into a chasm,
While they waited and listened in awe.
"It's a Snark!" was the sound that first came to their ears,
And seemed almost too good to be true.
Then followed a torrent of laughter and cheers:
Then the ominous words "It's a Boo—"
Then, silence. Some fancied they heard in the air
A weary and wandering sigh
That sounded like "-jum!" but the others declare
It was only a breeze that went by.
They hunted till darkness came on, but they found
Not a button, or feather, or mark,
By which they could tell that they stood on the ground
Where the Baker had met with the Snark.
In the midst of the word he was trying to say,
In the midst of his laughter and glee,
He had softly and suddenly vanished away—
For the Snark was a Boojum, you see.
27/10/2020: The Bidens are toast. Biden Corruption: Trickle Of Information Becomes Flow Becomes Flood Becomes Avalanche: https://www.manhattancontrarian.com/blog/2020-10-23-biden-corruption-trickle-of-information-becomes-flow-becomes-flood-becomes-avalanche And now an anti-communist Chinese website is publishing Hunter Biden’s drug and sex tapes. God alone knows what they will post next: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/10/go-chinas-gtv-releases-videos-hunter-biden-sex-tapes-smoking-crack/ Or this: “Today, I went to a Trump rally” In Democrat Majority Greenwich, Ct. “I wanted to see one up close for myself...and it was an eye-opening experience” https://100percentfedup.com/today-i-went-to-a-trump-rally-in-democrat-majority-greenwich-ct-i-wanted-to-see-one-up-close-for-myself-and-it-was-an-eye-opening-experience/ For more on Biden’s links to the Chinese Communist Party: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/10/forget_the_hunter_biden_sex_tapes_the_real_news_is_much_bigger_than_that.html BTW: Facebook simply refused to post 2 out of 4 of these links!
26/10/2020: Trouble is, Ted Bailleu & Tony Abbott were so rare as recent politicians in Australia who took action to seriously rein in (rather than increase) debt, so that eg Vic’s finances were back in the black to the tune of a few hundreds of millions and Australia’s would have headed in the same direction. Yet, we dumped them. This is the lesson the pollies understood from this: Spend! It is why (eg) US & Oz debt continue to mushroom. Unfortunately there will be a day of reckoning for all this recklessness (note the derivation, ‘reck’ = ‘care’ OE). When the ability to pay finally runs out, we will have paid to breed a vast horde of utterly useless folk who can no longer be sustained – and we will refuse to continue hand-outs to them. We have 40%+ of the population today on some kind of ‘welfare’ or another. Who will ‘care’ for them then? What then will be the consequence?
26/10/2020: ‘There may be nothing to these allegations, even if one of Pell’s accusers bought a property worth nearly $500,000 just a month after one of the alleged payments’ but Vicpol refuses to investigate the movement of over a million dollars even though other police forces have already made arrests: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/andrew-bolt-latest-twist-in-george-pell-witch-hunt-puts-victorian-authorities-in-firing-line/news-story/1511f7eb1471a7b69bf969885a1990cf
26/10/2020: Statistical analysis of 118 studies proves 'efficacy' of Hydroxychloroquine. Think of the lives that could have been saved if Dan and Anastacia hadn’t banned it. They should be indicted for murder. : https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6204459728001
25/10/2020: Total Precipitable Water and the Greenhouse Effect: As seen in the graph above, this article shows that declining humidity in the upper atmosphere fully offsets the greenhouse effect of increasing humidity in the lower atmosphere. Eliminating the water vapor feedbacks from climate models would reduce the multi-model mean equilibrium climate sensitivity from 3.2 °C to 1.7°C and would reduce the social cost of carbon dioxide calculated by the FUND economic model, with two updates, from 2018US$‑1.79/tCO2 to US$-7.14/tCO2at 3% discount rate. The negative signs indicate that climate change is beneficial. https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/09/29/total-precipitable-water-and-the-greenhouse-effect/
25/10/2020: Assessing Risk:Folks
are very bad at this and likely to become alarmed when they learn that the risk
of something (plastic bottles?) causing death is 1/100th of 1% or the like…but
the very moment you are born (even if you could expect to live 100 years) the
risk of your dying is 100%. In any given year that chance is exactly 1% -
though some years are worse than others…if the average age of death is 80, then
the chance of your ding in any given year up to your 80thbirthday is 50%
divided by 80 or .625%, but as 50% die after they are 80 then the chance of
your dying in the next 20 years is 50% divided by 20 or 2.5%, but the vast
majority of those over 80 die before their 90th birthday so that the real
chance of dying between 80-90 is more like 50% divided by 10 (years) or 5% per
year, ie 1 in 20 – consequentially about the same as your risk of dying of
coronavirus at that age if you should contract it! No surprise, is it? Life is
fraught with dangers, but we should not so blight the enjoyment of our lives as
by overly dwelling on the danger. There is a sensible balance between risk and
preparedness and a sensible costing. In the current so-called ‘pandemic’ we
have horridly inflated the cost. We could never have afforded to spend $100,000
saving each and every life, mine included. There is just not enough money to do
that. Our normal governments’ annual health budgets have always reflected that
fact. Yet in the current ‘crisis’ we have spent upwards of 500 billion dollars
in Australia (and rising) saving a purported 16,000 (elderly) lives, lives
which would have been taken anyway as the above analysis of risk shows, a spend
of over 30 million dollars per life, over 300 times what we would ‘normally’
think to be ‘too much’! We will literally never cease paying for this reckless
and useless waste. And we have carelessly thrown so many freedoms away to do so
as well! If our population was a static 25 million people then we could expect
a little over 1% of them to die in any given year or 250,000 people, around the
population of one of our smaller cities (Hobart or Newcastle for example – or
around two Hiroshimas per year)! Sounds awful doesn’t it? But it is just
normal! Could we have ‘saved’ those supposed 16,000 lives – 6% of the total, or
would they have just died from something else? The normal chance of death in a
lifetime is 100% after all. No country has experienced an excess death rate
from this virus. Indeed in
24/10/2020: The Importance of Blasphemy – an important essay. It is one thiong to have the ‘freedom to believe’ but it is more important to have the freedom not to believe, to instead base one’s life on facts and evidence rather than on some medieval (or even more archaic) shibboleth or dogma. As the third wave in Melbourne shows we are at great danger from the failure of a significant religious group (moslems) to identify as Australians first (and do the right thing); even more the murder of Samuel Paty in France illustrates the dangers presented by this extremist group in our society: https://quillette.com/2020/10/21/the-importance-of-blasphemy/
24/10/2020: Sooner or later we are going to have to live with the virus. All that has been done to date only delays that day. Any vaccine will only prevent a percentage of cases anyway, perhaps 2/3. If cheap freely available drugs such as Vitamin D, Zinc, Hydroxychloroquine and Ivomec were marshaled against it (as well as more serious efforts made to protect the elderly) 80%+ of deaths could be prevented as well. The ‘so-called second-wave in Europe and etc is enormously less deadly (probably mostly because thse who were going to die from it already have): http://joannenova.com.au/2020/10/where-are-the-deaths-ten-reasons-the-first-and-second-covid-waves-look-so-different/ And it really was a huge protest yesterday in Melbourne against the lockdown: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2020/10/huge-protest-today-in-melbourne-against-the-andrews-government.html
24/10/2020: Biden is unfit for any office which does not have bars on the windows. His son’s laptop is a stunning record of infamy: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/10/biden-crime-family-comes-undone-daniel-greenfield/ During the debate he assured the audience that he had never expressed opposition to fracking, but here he is opposing it multiple times: https://twitter.com/i/status/1319466667676749824 and Bobulinski’s evidence of Joe profiting hugely from corrupt deals with China will bring his campaign to an end: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2020/10/damning-statement-from-tony-bobulinski-ceo-of-bidenchina-entity.html
23/10/2020: Poverty/Disadvantage - This supposed connection is highly spurious: As a child I grew up in what could only be described as a ‘poor’ family. We had no running water or electricity, no heating, no sewerage or septic tank, no ‘family’ car, no television, no ‘made’ road, adequate but (likely) protein poor diet, no ‘holidays’, very few toys, no ‘treats’, second-hand/repaired/home-made clothing, (I personally wore no shoes until I was in High School), haircuts performed at home, we grew most of our own food (so nothing out of season); we all suffered from boils (Vitamin deficiency or inadequate washing facilities?)…the list goes on. We never felt ANY sense of disadvantage. Certainly there was nothing about this situation which prevented us from excelling. Both my parents were quite literate, had beautiful flawless copperplate handwriting and were well informed about world events and the progress of ideas. ‘The Poor’ today are rich beyond my parents’ dreams of avarice (not that they had them anyway), their homes and lives crammed with sci-fi gadgets and robots beyond imagining, their stomachs full of a cornucopia of overly nutritious goodies…their minds and spirits are unbelievably vacuous however, and they are unable to do anything. For example, I recently posted some advice about fire lighting on a hiking website only to receive the comment that ‘fire-lighting’ was not in someone’s skill-set, so they would stick to ‘reliable’ gas stoves. Similarly posts about wonderful DIY hiking gear which is virtually free and better than anything you can buy for hundreds of dollars are the least-visited posts on my webpage (eg https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/10/21/tent-stove-progress/ ) ‘Disadvantage’ is all in the mind.
23/10/2020: OMG: It just gets worse and worse for the Bidens: Confirmed Footage Of Hunter Biden Raping And Torturing Little Chinese Girls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkxLQyuCUtM&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0CxAyt8vMSBFQ7Or59HyG9qVr5V7Z9gqFfZiLu1t2e5NuyW8ukasxn2mE Of course the ‘fake news’ eg the Washington Post is running a front page about Biden’s dietary preferences: https://althouse.blogspot.com/2020/10/how-washington-post-is-keeping-up-with.html#more when a Biden insider whistleblower confirms he witnessed Joe involved in Hunter’s ‘business’ deals: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/10/breaking-whistleblower-releases-statement-personally-witnessed-former-vp-joe-biden-involved-deals-hunter-biden/
23/10/2020: In 1917
22/10/2020: So many ‘problems’ arise because many people are ‘orally fixated’ instead of auditorally. Their problems arise from what they choose to put in their mouths and have come out of them. If they paid more attention to their ears (eg listen to good advice) their problems would disappear. Surely more than enough money has already been spent on brochures and education programmes explaining eg why smoking is bad for you, how to avoid diabetes, drugs are bad, exercise is good, etc? I add advice about not spouting angry vile stupidities out of them, blaming others, one’s own ‘disadvantage, etc. The individual alone is responsible for one’s own situation. No-one else is. No-one else is able to lift you out of a bad situation either. If you don’t ‘pull yourself up by your own bootstraps’ no-one else will or can! ‘Victims’ (and perpetrators) of domestic violence, the ‘diabetes epidemic’, aboriginal ‘disadvantage’, poverty, homelessness…they are all the individual’s fault. The ‘victims’ alone can help themselves. Not a cent of public money should be spent on such ‘social problems’. People must take responsibility for themselves. For example, if people are on ‘welfare’, unemployed and unemployable, morbidly obese, diabetic, illiterate, smokers, drinkers, drug addicts, neither grow nor consume fresh fruit/vegetables, attempt to subsist alone on junk food (proven how many times to kill lab rats?), it is their own fault, their own problem. The sooner they either lift themselves up or are gone from the planet, the better.
22/10/2020: At CO2 roughly 50% up from supposed pre-industrial levels (ie 280 to 420 ppm) we should see roughly half the warming we should see roughly half the warming (if the forcing was linear – it is rather less than lineal) but there is no evidence that temperatures today are any different (subtracting ‘normal’ natural variations - as if you can) than they were in say the mid C19th when (eg in Oz) we recorded the hottest temperatures we ever have! If the first half of the doubling has produced close to zero warming then the second half of the doubling can only produce less than that in fact – which is a cooling! Don’t fret. https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/10/20/crisis-looms-in-alarmist-climate-science/
22/10/2020: When ‘science’ follows the left. This is just an example from the issue of vaping which surely is at least less dangerous than tobacco smoking (which is legal) and ought therefore to be allowed as a more ‘healthy’ alternative for would-be smokers (which I am not), but that does not fit the left’s agenda and unfortunately here the Libs follow the Left down every rat-hole they create, so that there is no alternative. So, we have had bans and changes to many previously congenial things: decimal currency, the imperial system, crackers, drinking, drink driving, smoking, traditional marriage, the place of Christianity in society, homosexuality and pedophilia, climate, forest management, gun ownership, hunting and fishing…if you give an inch they will take a mile (not sure what that is in decimals)! https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/10/when-science-follows-the-left.php
21/10/2020: Even plants have rudimentary intelligence and memory: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/how-venus-flytraps-store-short-term-memories-prey/amp?__twitter_impression=true
was deliberately created and released by the communist Chinese Government.
No doubt this was a response to the
21/10/2020: This Biden corruption thing is just so big. Even the FBI is complicit in the cover-up as well as nearly all of the Press and media (and of course our own ABC). It makes ‘conspiracy theories’ of all sorts more attractive as there seems to be no way forward for ‘truth’ except a prayed-for Trump victory, and maybe a bit more ‘swamp draining’. I am just astonished they have not assassinated him! They may yet. Unfortunately there are many parallels in Australia: the Labor Party’s links to China and the corrupt ‘Clinton Foundation’ spring to mind, as does the recent Pell money trail but I am not specially enamoured of the Libs either. Where is our own Aussie Trump: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2020/10/its-a-scandal-that-mainstream-media-is-ignoring-this-us-senate-homeland-security-report-on-biden-cor.html & http://joannenova.com.au/2020/10/one-minute-we-were-america-then-next-we-were-china/
20/10/2020: Tent Stove Progress: I took a break from tree planting this morning to have a play with this prototype stove (and to try out my chimney). I have made this one out of two (6" dia 2' high - 15 x 5 cm) stainless steel bird feeding bowls from the local $2 store. They weighed 78 grams each.
I have joined them together with the simple expedient of drilling three holes around the rims and pushing a piece of wire through the holes and into the ground. Tent pegs would work better and would secure the stove very safely in the vestibule of the tent. The collar thing I am using for a fuel guide tube is just a $2 plumbing fitting from Bunnings. I will come up with something better/lighter.
The chimney is just sitting in the hole I drilled with the Lenox hole saw at the moment. The twigs you see in it are 1/2" to 3/4" (12-19 mm). These are easily broken over your knee and can be split (carefully by pushing a fixed blade knife through them to get at the dry heartwood. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/10/20/tent-stove-progress/
20/10/2020: Glaciers around the world reached their greatest size in four thousand years by 1850. Then abruptly the world began to warm. Arctic sea ice lost 40% of its thickness by 1940… the dramatic warming was due to an increased transfer of heat through the atmosphere by a strengthening of the winds carrying heat from southern parts to the Arctic: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/10/13/greenland-and-the-1950s-climate-consensus/
20/10/2020: The real death toll from Covid though is pretty much the same as the 2017-8 flu season: https://nypost.com/2020/10/17/how-the-media-is-misreporting-covid-19s-death-toll-in-america/
just can’t buy crowds like this; thousands of people line the streets of
good news story for Australians: Cardinal Pell celebrates his first mass in
19/10/2020: Willis’s cartoons of Mohammed are the best. I think even the good prophet would have a laugh at them: https://rosebyanyothernameblog.wordpress.com/2020/10/18/cartoon-bob-interviews-the-prophet/
19/10/2020: Indications of a good Trump win are growing, thank goodness. There is no-one else out there who stands for the mainstream, for the traditional values of the middle ground: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/joe-bidens-popularity-wanes-amid-hunter-biden-rehab-and-foreign-interests-email-scandal/news-story/bd7d6e872facf99032f7261956db56a7 The graphic shows how emeritus political scientist Helmut Norpoth’s model predicts the result. He has been right 25/27 times (You have to hope he is right):
18/10/2020: My First Ultralight Chimney: I am slowly working my way through the many issues involved in constructing ultralight wood burning stoves for tent heating, cooking and electricity generation. This will take some time. The most important first step however involved whether I could construct an ultralight roll-up chimney without having to be able to weld such lighteweight metal foil materials. This is my fist attempt and though it was a success I am not completely unwounded (neither is Della) and we have learned much. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/10/18/my-first-ultralight-chimney/
18/10/2020: Meanwhile more fraud about dangers to the Reef which has moved about quite a lot over the last 20,000 years anyway as sea level see-sawed during glaciation events. Imagine how far out to sea (or non-existent) it must have been when you could walk to Tasmnania only 15,000 years ago. It is the nature of coral reefs that they occur in shallow seas. If sea level was 50 or more metres lower (as it was) then they did not exist anywhere near their present locales: http://joannenova.com.au/2020/10/half-the-reef-destroyed-but-they-wont-release-the-data/ & https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/10/15/half-the-corals-dead-but-not-in-real-life/
18/10/2020: Seems like Mars’ oceans have gone underground with up to a third covered by subterranean ice sheets: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/10/16/cliffs-in-ancient-ice-on-mars/
18/10/2020: ‘After the game, the pawn and the king go in the same box.’ Roger de Hauteville
17/10/2020: A lesson from the life of Geoffrey Chaucer who (barely) lived through some interesting parliaments (the ‘Merciless’ and the ‘Wonderful’ for example): http://assistantvillageidiot.blogspot.com/2020/10/chaucers-near-execution.html
17/10/2020: Fatherlessness. Probably the greatest threat to a civilised society, ‘As a first-year obstetrical resident, I delivered 150 babies in three months. Only one of the mothers was married. Most of these girls were 11 years old…’ https://pjmedia.com/columns/larry-elder/2020/10/15/fatherless-households-a-national-crisis-n1056125
16/10/2020: What Our Children Learn in School: ‘Our public schools are run, for the most part, by liberal administrators, and teachers are drawn, usually, from the lowest quadrant of academic ability among college graduates. There are exceptions, of course, but the overall level of instruction in the public schools is abysmal. And that isn’t the worst of it: teachers who are marginally able, at best, to teach the subjects for which they are nominally responsible often devote themselves to political indoctrination instead’ Listen: (This is a Yr 9 Geography class) https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/10/what-our-children-learn-in-school.php
16/10/2020: Biden is a crook. Hopefully this will bring him down: https://nypost.com/2020/10/14/email-reveals-how-hunter-biden-introduced-ukrainian-biz-man-to-dad/?fbclid=IwAR2Rw8-jGAY3gPLLI6n_j2vAcq4TFSTs0_03oTw3lzSmw8DnoLkYMmYO6Rk# Zuckerburg is trying hard to shut down this story and has thrown $400 million dollars against Trump. If Trump id re-elected that power will be emasculated, as it should be. Powerful people should not be able to shut down free speech. Nonetheless the story grows and grows: https://spectator.us/hunter-biden-ukraine-burisma-election-2020/ & https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/10/15/senate-judiciary-committee-will-subpoena-twitter-ceo-jack-dorsey-over-ny-post-censorship/ & https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6200811085001
16/10/2020: Has to be true I think: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/10/14/nolte-study-signs-tell-us-polls-might-be-missing-hidden-trump-voters/
15/10/2020: Sad: Green Dreams Fulfilled: Around 10:00 am this morning the house shook to what we thought at first was an earthquake but it proved to be Engie blowing up one of the dredgers at the Hazelwood mine (about five kilometers away). There is now no way electricity production can be restarted quickly or cheaply at the Hazelwood Power Station ste though it could have been replaced by a modern coal plant which produced 70% less CO2 for a couple of billion – probably around the cost of the decommissioning! And you could have had electricity once more at under 20 cents per kilowatt hour! A whole new complex will have to be built when the country finally comes to its senses and realizes that we cannot have renewable electricity – it is just a ridiculous and impossible expensive extravaganza. If you want a carbon free future (no particularly good reason why you would but) Nuclear Yes. Renewables No. So sad to see it die: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=5zUK5HSWDv8&fbclid=IwAR0x9HI4eFK-Fu3dBgVc-PlZFjkUd1yHZAzb7V62Bb9QP79ZOSwo66rd_2Q
UN is quite mad. Even its own data puts the lie to its own propaganda: http://joannenova.com.au/2020/10/peak-climate-religion-un-says-earth-to-become-uninhabitable-hell/ NASA Expects Global Cooling – you’d
think this would be headline news: https://finance.townhall.com/columnists/mikeshedlock/2019/01/30/amidst-global-warming-hysteria-nasa-expects-global-cooling-n2540500?
15/10/2020: ‘Emergencies have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have eroded’. Friedrich Hayek. The science is settled: lockdown supporters are self-interested lunatics and anti-science denialists: https://www.news.com.au/world/coronavirus/global/coronavirus-who-backflips-on-virus-stance-by-condemning-lockdowns/news-story/f2188f2aebff1b7b291b297731c3da74#.7daqw Listen to the experts: The centre for disease Control (US) First Said Not to Wear Masks, Then to Wear Masks, Then Masks Were Better than Vaccines – Now New Evidence Shows Masks Are Ineffective: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/10/cdc-first-said-not-wear-masks-wear-masks-masks-better-vaccines-now-new-evidence-shows-masks-dont-work/
15/10/2020: Do people really want ‘political correctness’: https://www.city-journal.org/cultural-revolution A great essay. ‘Over the past 20 years, virtually all the most progressive large states—New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and California—have suffered massive outmigration, while red or purplish states like Florida, Texas, the Carolinas, or Arizona welcome more and more Americans to resettle there.’ This makes those states more ‘marginal’ politically, but it also focuses the campaign challenges. ‘It’s up to Americans everywhere, regardless of their party registration, to put a halt to a cultural revolution that our children may otherwise inherit.’
14/10/2020: Joe is such a hit. This video should prove popular: https://twitter.com/i/status/1313983383198863360 In contrast to that we have this: Signs That Trump Isn’t Going to Win on Nov. 3: https://townhall.com/columnists/kevinmccullough/2020/10/11/signs-that-trump-isnt-going-to-win-on-nov-3-n2577841
14/10/2020: The Covid Zone:
14/10/2020: Secrets of human happiness #2: Start following Brietbart and Sky instead of the ‘fake news’, ie: https://www.breitbart.com/# & https://www.skynews.com.au/ & https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/ & https://www.foxnews.com/category/world/world-regions/australia
13/10/2020: Now folks pray to the Government to save them. This is what they used to do: (from) The Book of Common Prayer, ‘O most powerful and glorious Lord God, at whose command the winds blow, and lift up the waves of the sea, and who stillest the rage thereof; We, thy creatures, but miserable sinners, do in this our great distress cry unto thee for help; Save, Lord, or else we perish’. Frankly, even as an atheist I do not find prayers to ‘almighty government’ to be an improvement.
13/10/2020: What’s not to like? So many here would vote for a party/individual who promised this platform (especially when in his first term he kept all his promises - and then some) unlike every politician in history. Go Donald:
Here is the full list:
END OUR RELIANCE ON
DRAIN THE SWAMP
DEFEND OUR POLICE
END ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND PROTECT AMERICAN WORKERS
INNOVATE FOR THE FUTURE
These people are working hard for a Trump victory: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/10/11/rioters-topple-abraham-lincoln-teddy-roosevelt-statues-in-portland-museum-windows-smashed/
12/10/2020: An interesting chart. I can’t wait to see the 2020 bounce when Trump wins. It seems to me that the stock market is currently factoring in his winning. It will obviously crash (as it did when Obama won) if he loses. https://www.predictit.org/markets/13/Prez-Election
12/10/2020: I have this problem too (for ‘New Yorker’ substitute (preferred) group: ‘I find the average New Yorker so breathtakingly ill-informed, I prefer to converse with animals, or even trees’: https://www.takimag.com/article/goodbye-cows/
12/10/2020: What a loss Adam Lindsay Gordon’s death was. Our greatest ever poet, almost forgotten today: https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2020/09/the-poetry-of-adam-lindsay-gordon/
11/10/2020: New Tent Pegs: I tend to buy a lot of tent pegs because I am always making new tents/tarps and I like to have them all complete against need. I have found Aliexpress to be a good source (if you can wait for delivery). The 'Tito' brand there is quite satisfactory, for example.
I favour a Shepherd's hook shape for most of my tent pegs in titanium (for lightness) and around 6" long for most uses. The plain ones are usually the cheapest/lightest but a bit of colour on them does help to prevent their loss. Of curse you can always dip the heads in some paint and wait for them to dry.
It is a good idea to always put pegs in the ground and take them out in the same order (placing them immediately in a pocket/bag) and to always count them as you do. Always go over the last night's camp-site with a fine toothed comb before you quit it as there is often some small item you missed/forgot - such as a tent peg.
There is a right (and many wrong) way/s to 'plant' tent stakes. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/10/11/new-tent-pegs/
11/10/2020: Today's garden highlights: Leeks are now into the harvest phase and tonight's asparagus pick was ample. We did justice to both in tonight's tea of an omelette with leek, garlic, asparagus, ham and cheese. The lilac is a special triumph for me. I planted it about 7? years ago and have been disappointed by it's refusal to flower. Last spring I decided that it must need more light, and so persuaded Steve to do a bit of chain-sawing in the canopy behind it. No flowers that spring, but autumn saw a few experimental first flowers which blew me away as it was totally unseasonal. Obviously it was a trial run, because...voila!!!! The only downside? Lilacs have the most delicious scent, but somewhere between this shrub's planting and flowering I have lost most of my sense of smell (not Covid-related) - so that little pleasure is one that I will never enjoy. Not complaining though, as their visual beauty is quite enough!
11/10/2020: Meanwhile, Nuclear Fusion Energy Could Be Closer Than Thought – let’s hope so: https://www.zerohedge.com/energy/mit-scientists-nuclear-fusion-energy-could-be-closer-thought
11/10/2020: Senate investigation reveals Hunter Biden was a crooked as Trump alleged and Joe was deep in it – as with the Russiagate hoax. These Dems are just so blatantly rotten no honest person can vote for them: https://aclj.org/government-corruption/senate-report-reveals-hunter-bidens-profiteering-during-the-obama-biden-administration-went-further-than-previously-thought Expect this to ‘hit the fan’ big time (if it were not for the ‘fake news’): https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2020/10/president-trump-declassifies-all-documents-re-clinton-email-abc-4-corners-russia-hoax-scandals.html New film ‘Trump Card’ exposing how crooked the dems are should be interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK4OGh6HOzc&feature=emb_title
11/10/2020: Over 6,000 Doctors, Public Health Professionals Sign ‘Great Barrington Declaration’, Urging End to COVID-Restrictions: https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/10/over-4000-doctors-public-health-professionals-sign-great-barrington-declaration-urging-end-to-covid-restrictions/ & https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2020/10/bbc-reports-on-global-anti-lockdown-movement-health-experts-hold-grave-concerns-over-lockdown-harm.html Interesting: Stats Hold a Surprise: Lockdowns May Have Had Little Effect on COVID-19 Spread: https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/10/stats-hold-a-surprise-lockdowns-may-have-had-little-effect-on-covid-19-spread/ There you have it: Dr David Nabarro, WHO’s Special Envoy on COVID19: ‘Global catastrophe: doubling of poverty.. of child malnutrition. We really do appeal to all world leaders—stop using lockdowns.. Lockdowns just have one consequence: making poor people an awful lot poorer’
10/10/2020: Remarkable: Three generations of one family which span all of America’s history: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/07/us/lyon-gardiner-tyler-jr-dead.html I remember my own grandfather used to say he had known someone who was on the First Fleet, which seems unlikely but may well have been true.
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10/10/2020: You need to understand that the American people are watching the Tucker Carson Show, something like this (BTW: Imagine our leftie journos letting their guests talk without interruption): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vs71_gkaAuY&feature=emb_title For non-video folks text here: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/10/must-see-victor-davis-hanson-delivers-passionate-defense-trump-american-worker-authentic-america-represents-video/
09/10/2020: News you don’t hear: Pence clearly beat Harris hands down (link below). And consider this from Bin Laden’s niece in the Spectator, ‘Being pro-Trump has caused me more grief than being Bin Laden’s niece: And why do I support Donald Trump? Look at his record. He has stood up to China, kept America out of new wars, solidified ties with Israel, overturned the disastrous Iran deal and obliterated Isis. Domestically, he removed handicapping regulations to American economic growth, rebuilt a depleted military, brought back manufacturing and revamped dying industries by renegotiating trade deals and cutting taxes; he has achieved energy independence, curbed immigration — all of which contributed to setting record unemployment rates. He has tackled neglected issues such as human trafficking and unjust incarceration — and given America a chance at restoring her principles, pride, independence and true place in the world as beacon of liberty and hope for all.’ https://catallaxyfiles.com/files/2020/10/Being-pro-Trump-has-caused-me-more-grief-than-being-Bin-Laden%E2%80%99s-niece-_-The-Spectator.pdf & https://babylonbee.com/news/kamala-harriss-ratings-plummet-as-people-realize-theyd-have-to-listen-to-her-voice-for-next-4-years & https://spectator.org/polls-trump-biden/
09/10/2020: Well said, Rowan Atkinson on free speech; alas that we have lost it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiqDZlAZygU&feature=emb_title
09/10/2020: ‘As my 18th birthday approached, adult life looked bleak. I had a victim mentality, and felt as if I was owed something better.’ He figured it out. ‘most people I meet in the world just smile and say hello, even with a mask on. They seem to find life tolerable and even enjoyable. I see people going out to fish or mountain bike. I see tradesmen hustling. The healthiest people are the ones who picked a real tangible goal in their own life, and are working toward it.’ https://quillette.com/2020/10/05/a-poor-farriers-journey-to-political-sanity/
08/10/2020: After all, Not all the scientists agree on the best approach to Covid: https://unherd.com/2020/10/covid-experts-there-is-another-way/
08/10/2020: Biden illegally colluded with Obama and Hillary in the Russian hoax new evidence from the CIA files presented to the Senate show. Trump will have a field day with this, but the ‘fake news’ are refusing to run with it: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/10/07/fresh-from-bitch-slapping-virus-trump-crushes-russia-hoax/
08/10/2020: Waste and inefficiency in the ‘aboriginal industry’. This important article underlines how poorly targeted expenditure is and how it largely fails to meet those most in need, eg: ‘And yet, the number in need is modest. To reinforce just how small is the remnant group, and how grossly overblown is the industry built on their backs, a study of the most vulnerable children and their families in New South Wales has shown that of the 1000 individuals who required the greatest amount of money to administer to their needs, 78 per cent were Aboriginal. The total estimated future cost of this group to the age of forty is $2.3 billion, an average cost of $2.3 million per person. Left unstated is that each would be unlikely to make any contribution to society through employment and taxation. Aboriginal expenditure amounts to $33 billion per year, which suggests that a very large number of Aborigines are in receipt of programs and benefits that reward identity, not need.’ And how aspects of so-called ‘aboriginal culture’ (eg family formation) are the problem rather than the solution: https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2020/09/the-cruel-deception-of-aboriginal-self-determination/
08/10/2020: Vitamin D is an awfully cheap ‘cure’: ‘The world’s first randomised control trial on vitamin D and Covid has just been published. The results are clear-cut…Half of those not given Vitamin D became so sick that they needed to be put on intensive care. By comparison, only one person who was given Vitamin D requiring ICU admission. Put another way, the use of Vitamin D reduced a patient’s risk of needing intensive care 25-fold. Two patients who did not receive Vitamin D died. And while the sample is too small to conclude that Vitamin D abolishes the risk of death in Covid patients, it is nonetheless an astonishing result, and corresponds with Prof Backman’s assertion that correcting vitamin deficiency might cut mortality by half. The Government should now act on this latest evidence’: http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/britains-vitamin-d-deficiency/
07/10/2020: Woolly dogs and fish – a fascinating insight: http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/59723 A true shaggy dog story: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/10/10/a-true-shaggy-dog-story/
07/10/2020: Let’s see if people really want Kamala for President – surely not if they are in their right minds: ‘Look, I get it. Trump is indeed the word’s largest asswhole. He’s crass, he’s brash, he’s vulgar, he shoots from the hip. He’s stream of consciousness, telling us all exactly what he thinks at any moment … and that’s simply not done in polite society…But I didn’t vote to hire him because of his wonderfully modulated and non-abrasive personality. I voted to hire him because at the moment he’s the asswhole we need, for a simple reason. He’s the asswhole who gets the job done’: https://rosebyanyothernameblog.wordpress.com/2020/10/05/kamala/
06/10/2020: ‘A happy society, a prosperous economy and low unemployment are not the objectives of good government. They are the byproduct of good government. But a focus group, a private poll and a lobbyist will never tell you this. To suggest, as will likely be suggested in today’s budget, that the solution to our national economic ills will be found in having a spend-a-thon is as wrong as suggesting that we can solve our debt burden by getting into more debt’. Yes, today’s budget is/will be quite insane – the ‘Long March through the institutions’ as I mentioned earlier – this time ‘conservative’ parties! https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/10/06/tafkas-budget-10c/
06/10/2020: The Long March (through the institutions). A brilliant essay: ‘The working class are too bright to be conned by Marxist idiocies, believing that all those things Marxists consider “false consciousness” — religious faith, patriotism, the family — are actually quite important. But there is an endless gullibility among the effete professional classes: their liberalism is boundless…’ Rod Liddle in the Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/comment/the-revolution-will-be-televised-lefties-but-a-right-wing-big-beast-will-lead-it-zd7nwhsxz
06/10/2020: Well said Donald: ‘Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life’ (as he is about to leave hospital). Now people, can we please move on to tackling real problems like the economy, the enemies of freedom, securing world peace, how to promote progress, the quest for human happiness, where does your lap go when you stand up, and so forth! New WHO Data Reveals Coronavirus Less Lethal than Last Three Major US Pandemics — And they Destroyed the Economy for This: ‘Our current best estimates tell us that about 10 per cent of the global population may have been infected by this virus’. That suggests 780 million infections but ‘just’ 1 million deaths, a case fatality rate of 0.13 per cent. https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/10/1074692 & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/10/new-data-reveals-coronavirus-4th-worst-us-pandemic-last-100-years-destroyed-economy/ PS: He looks good to me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f2jrj_1RcM&feature=emb_title
05/10/2020: How evil it gets, (yet Vicpol were deep in this): Italy’s top newspaper, the Corriere della Sera, reports: “700,000 euros sent to Australia through various wire transfers may have been used to ‘buy’ the accusers in the paedophile trial against Cardinal George Pell.” https://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/vatican-scandal-money-sent-to-australia-to-get-george-pell-jailed/news-story/82c32edf8c4eebdcb7acb2ee69efa4ea How easy is it to get someone to testify against you if someone pays them a million bucks to do so? But it did not matter how utterly implausible (nay, impossible) the accusations were; Vicpol is a deeply corrupt (Marxist) organization. I hope you remember that a number of independent witnesses gave statutory declarations all along that Cardinal Pell was always visible to them at the front of the church at the very time the alleged offences were occurring at the back of the church.
05/10/2020: Hopefully President Trump will be back at work tomorrow or the next day (and win the election!) Meanwhile this is what Kennedy’s health was like: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/10/04/the-health-of-the-president/
05/10/2020: Tucker Carlson and Mark Steyn are men to watch. They are such a refreshing change from the hysterical lock-step evil mind-set of the ‘conventional’ leftist journos: http://joannenova.com.au/2020/10/is-tucker-carlson-becoming-the-new-trump/ & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6BAzMDpdiI&feature=emb_title
04/10/2020: Hearing Aids: I have always thought they were rather too expensive. Now down to $1: https://newatlas.com/lochaid-hearing-aid/
04/10/2020: New ‘real’ (Land Rover) Defender for 2021: https://newatlas.com/automotive/ineos-grenadier-4x4/
04/10/2020: Has there ever been another time when the future of the free world so hung on the health of one man (perhaps FDR?) If Trump bounces back after a few days having thrown the virus off I suspect it will be an enormous boost for his campaign. I for one anyway certainly wish him (and Melania) the best of health!
03/10/2020: Beware of the Dog: https://twistedsifter.com/2020/09/ancient-beware-of-dog-sign-from-over-2000-years-ago-pompeii/
03/10/2020: A supernova may have initiated the Ice Ages 2.5 million years ago: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/10/01/nearby-supernova-may-have-helped-to-initiate-ice-ages/
03/10/2020: Rude parrots are removed from public view but ‘our ABC’ can still spout filth with impunity: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-54340425
02/10/2020: Interesting Review of the new play, ‘Wonnangatta’ about the 1916 murders there: https://theconversation.com/wonnangatta-review-australian-theatre-writing-at-its-provocative-and-powerful-best-147184
02/10/2020: Why is California/Victoria burning? The people who actually live in the forests know they are ‘managed’ abysmally: http://coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2020/09/substantial-ca-forest-management-changes-needed-especially-if-you-think-the-fires-are-caused-by-climate-change.html
02/10/2020: I noticed this myself: Joe Biden and Chris Wallace Started It by Interrupting Trump Numerous Times First (then Wallace proceeded to lecture Trump about giving people their two minutes’ of uninterrupted time…Many other similar observations here: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/10/01/further-reflections-on-the-first-debate/ & https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/10/01/further-reflections-on-the-first-debate/ And if you think Biden is not a crook, think again: https://richardsonpost.com/howellwoltz/18338/biden-and-kerry-corruption/
01/10/2020: Khayyam’s Table: Omar Khayyam of Naishapur (I prefer the old spelling) was a tent -maker, as I have observed before. In the past the truly great seminal thinkers were all tradesmen of one sort or another, that is they did not expect their thinking to pay their wages, but earned their living with their hands – as you ought. It would be better by far if we had remained with this system instead of being burdened with a horde of useless quarrelsome university parasites – of enormously lesser intellectual worth too.
Socrates was a stonemason (sculptor, if you like). Jesus a carpenter – and Nasrudin – well there was never someone else quite like Nasrudin. ‘The Exploits of the Incomparable Nasrudin’ by Idries Shah is the best book you have never read. You can read it for free here I promise you it will have you rolling in the aisles laughing! And if you have never read the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam as you should, I have reprinted it all here: Oh Come With Old Khayyam I think it was the most important book I read as a teenager. I am so grateful that an ancient lady next door (Mrs Sewell) gifted me her copy of it – which I still treasure.
I wonder whether Khayyam had a table he worked on or whether he laid out his tents on the ground as I have done until now, but my knees do no want me to continue to do so, so I have made myself a large folding table for the purpose. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/10/01/khayyams-table/
01/10/2020: You better believe it: Climate emergency’ means house arrest: COVID ‘has revealed the inner-tyrants of many politicians’ ‘Under the pretense of a ‘climate emergency,’ politicians and bureaucrats will increasingly impose Covid-like restrictions on our jobs, transportation, food choices, housing and much else based the purported need to ‘reduce greenhouse gases’. https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/09/30/ugly-climate-emergency-soon-to-justify-house-arrest/
01/10/2020: Why The Incentives Are Stacked to Overreact to Covid: ‘And many of our Western deaths have been among the very old in care facilities where the average life expectancy pre-COVID was numbered in months.’ http://coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2020/09/why-the-incentives-are-stacked-to-overreact-to-covid.html
01/10/2020: Just three key points where Trump won the debate: Hunter Biden and voter fraud. The fact that Hunter flew to Moscow on the vice-presidential jet and took $3.5 million in bribes there is damning, as is this morning’s discovery of 100,000 ‘problem’ votes in New York alone: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/work/us-presidential-debate-2020-donald-trump-takes-on-joe-biden/news-story/59960d0caea67d0882dafd7a1cb1891a but most of all the roll-out of this rapid test which will allow the country to open up right now is a game-changer: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/09/theres_a_gamechanger_out_there_that_should_end_the_wuhan_virus_paranoia.html then there is this car full of ballots: http://joannenova.com.au/2020/09/a-car-boot-full-of-ballots-bought-for-800-a-vote-or-for-nothing-at-all/
30/09/2020: Ardent Leisure were yesterday fined $3.6 million for (negligently) causing the deaths of three people. Andrews and his ‘gang of eight’ have negligently caused the deaths of over 750 people. He/they are unfit to govern, and should quite properly be prosecuted with the full force of the law (and punished) for this unnecessary manslaughter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FDC4kKmCJ4&feature=emb_title
30/09/2020: Tax: Look, the Taxation Department will make sure you pay the taxes you have to; it is no-one else’s business, but there is usually no reason to pay income tax. Those who do so are choosing to ignore rules which allow them to not do so, eg legally available deductions and incentives. There is nothing ‘morally superior’ about dupes who ignore the detail of their tax situation and end up paying more taxes (for governments to squander on wastrels) than they needed to. That is all. I do not chose to give the government one cent more of my money than I have to (as close to zero as I can make it!). On the other hand I never take a cent of money from the government. Actually I don’t even believe in the idea of government, and would see it abolished everywhere, everywhen – but that is a lesson for another day: http://coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2020/09/a-brief-primer-on-corporate-accounting-and-taxes.html Mind you the NYT story is a lie. Its own data shows Trump paid $1,000,000 in 2016 and $4,200,000 in 2017 for example: http://ace.mu.nu/archives/390533.php
30/09/2020: You might well think: This is bullshit. Let’s just get the virus and get over it as we have every other cold/flu which has come along. The loss of economic activity and freedom is not worth a handful of lives. However, if 10% of those infected never recover then the long-term effects of this bio-weapon are profound and we may need to firm up on a strategy of elimination – as China has been doing: http://joannenova.com.au/2020/09/the-doctors-who-still-havent-recovered-from-a-likely-bioweapon/ & https://www.heraldsun.com.au/coronavirus/footy-and-restaurants-still-off-limits-in-new-covid-normal/news-story/5d7f515f4689d62e03a4c022ce70d6c1
29/09/2020: High Flying: Into Vic's high country with The Grey Flyer. At last our draconian Covid restrictions have been eased a bit and we are able to get away hunting/hiking for a few days by ourselves. It is almost too late for this year's deer hunting season though, as soon it will be too hot. Next week looks good to start canoeing (though truth to be told, I have already been out)!
I had been yearning to get away all winter. I would like to have had better weather. It rained a lot - and even snowed. Also, unfortunately it was close to a full moon which always makes hunting less productive - or at least harder, as you have to go higher, harder for me these days with these old knees which had become sore again because of all the ploughing through mud the last month with the lambing. Because of it I have not been able to walk on my toes (as I recommended) which really helps, but I will be back to it now as the ground dries up a bit.
After a 4 1/2 hour's drive and a three hour walk, we are set up for the night. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/09/29/high-flying/
29/09/2020: I think freedom ended with the invention of the phrase, 'when it is safe to do so' ! The ‘Precautionary Principle’ ought to be outlawed: it is a prescription for totalitarianism!
29/09/2020: Apparently it was cold while I was away (but I was quite comfortable in my tent, thank you), the coldest it has been for fifty years even! So much for ‘global warming’ or ‘selective reporting’; as I prefer to call it: http://joannenova.com.au/2020/09/global-warming-causes-snow-in-sa-and-victoria-and-coldest-day-for-50-years/
29/09/2020: FYI: I am alive. I have been walking 80 km through the trackless Gippsland bush for a few days with Honey. More info soon.
24/09/2020: Vale Jake Gardner (at the hands of BLM really) – of course this is just what the woke ‘counter culture want, ie the death of anyone who disagrees with them or opposes them, just as those same leftists have murdered over a hundred million people over the last century: https://www.steynonline.com/10642/last-orders-at-the-hive
24/09/2020: Moral Grandiosity: ‘While I feel guilt for my own bad actions or omissions, the kinds of things that are under my direct control, I do not feel guilt that my own life has been a comparatively fortunate one, probably more fortunate than that of the majority of mankind. On the contrary, I feel gratitude, or perhaps, more accurately, I should say gladness. I feel sorrow for the unfortunate, but not guilt toward them since I am not responsible for their sorrows. True, I did nothing to deserve having the opportunities that I have had, but I did nothing not to deserve them, either. I took the world as I found it and for me to feel guilty about my comparative good fortune would be a sign not of moral sensitivity or virtue, but of moral grandiosity. Moral grandiosity has probably done more harm in the world than indifference, inasmuch as it recognizes no limits to its power to bring about a supposedly better world.’ Dalrymple: https://www.takimag.com/article/guilt-complex/ PS: This is a ‘must read’.
23/09/2020: A Failure of Reason:
I have commented about this before. The reduction in human CO2 output this year
has had zero effect on the percentage of CO2 in the atmosphere. I expected this
because the human component of CO2 (identifiable by isotope analysis) has
changed hardly at all since we were able to measure it around 1954 ie around
3-4%. Yes natural CO2 sources represent 97-97% of all the CO2 in the atmosphere
– and always have! Therefore a reduction in the human component will have
always little effect. CO2 has risen recently mostly because of the Medieval
Warm Period 800 years ago – as the Ice Core data showed long ago, that is the lag
time between warming and CO2 increase. Warming leads CO2 by 800 years. We still
don’t know the reasons for this natural warming however. The ‘scientists’ have
cause and effect reversed. The warming of the oceans (so long ago) slowly
releases the CO2 which cannot be held in the warmer water – and that CO2 leads
to a blossoming of life all over the world such as we are seeing now. Two areas
the size of
23/09/2020: Covid as scam: I have been thinking this too. Whilst not discounting that people do actually die from the virus (as they do every year from flu etc) it has seemed to me that the panic and hype and insistence on drastic government action is symptomatic of other leftist plots (such as the climate scam, immigration, welfarism, poverty etc) anyway it is being used by such people to try to force an agenda, well multiple agendas. Already we have spent far, far too much and given up far, far too many freedoms. Better by far to die! Nikos Kazantzakis’ title for his amazing famous book, ‘Freedom and Death’ was well chosen. You can’t have one without the other.: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/09/22/whats-really-going-on-with-the-global-pandemic/
23/09/2020: Some good news for Dan: At last we seem to be getting on top of he ‘unknown’ cases of the virus. Our tracking has improved exponentially it seems A couple of weeks ago Sutton was admitting that ‘more than half’ of cases were not being tested. For the ‘unknowns’ to have plummeted (as they apparently have) this must have turned around somewhat. The Premier is still making idiotic decisions (like not fining the Fountaingate cluster spreaders) so there is no certainty about the future, but there is some hope: http://joannenova.com.au/2020/09/victoria-its-democracy-and-medical-science-and-getting-better-fast/ Mind you in Europe this ‘second wave’ seems awfully milder – evidence surely that we need to just start living with the virus and just use the readily available (safe) cheap remedies (Hydroxychloroquine, Ivomec, Bendaryl etc) to treat it: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/coronavirus-the-dying-stops-in-europe-are-we-more-immune-than-thought/news-story/ed7a2fd5f4b537af65acc81f3a5052d0
22/09/2020: The Grey Flyer: I have just finished making and erecting my new tent (‘the Grey Flyer0 – it is a very windy day!) in the garden, as you can see ahead of a trip I am planning soon. I just couldn’t resist finishing it so that I could take advantage of the 150 grams of savings compared with my Deerhunter’s Tent #2 which this is a slightly ‘shrunk’ version of (using 5′ wide material at 1.1 oz’yd2 instead of 5′ 6″ material at 1.25 oz/yd2).
I have used the ultralight groundsheet I made for the $30 Aricxi Tent but it is a little small for this tent. Its dimensions are 7′ x 4′ x 2’6″ (210 x 120 x 75 cm). I will make a larger one to fit this tent. It is going to be big enough for Della, the two dogs and myself, and still large enough to swing 1-2 hammocks underneath as well.
As you can see it weighs 476 grams including ten shepherd’s hook tent pegs (416 without). In the .93 oz/yd2 which i made the Siligloo out of it will weigh349 grams -= that’s including the groundsheet by the way, plus 62 grams for the ten pegs = 411 grams! Read more: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/09/22/the-grey-flyer/
22/09/2020: Moke: We had one in the mid 70’s, bought second-hand for $1300 (they cost about $2200 new in c1975). I think they will be a bit over-priced at $35,000 though: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/motoring/motoring-news/aussie-favourite-mini-moke-makes-surprise-return/news-story/a8d8c2e5708a3c2c97ccde63b520a82a
22/09/2020: Another Spring: (Della:)"I enjoy the spring more than the autumn now. One does, I think, as one gets older" - (Virginia Woolf). Spring in my garden today: Even 10 minutes gazing at the plants or pulling some weeds lifts my spirits. The brooding skies this afternoon created the right light and the perfect backdrop for the delicately coloured spring blossoms, and after very mixed results from the winter veggie patch this year (slugs, rabbits and early-bolting cauliflowers), I was also delighted to see the sugar-snap peas starting to produce pods and the garlic looking solid enough to rival the leeks...
..."The lark's on the wing;/ The snail's on the thorn;/God's in his heaven-/All's right with the world!" (Robert Browning, "Pippa's Song").
22/09/2020: Biden and Ginsberg herself (once) agreed Trump should appoint a new Supreme Court judge: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2020/09/democrats-for-trump.html & https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2020/09/the-late-justice-ruth-bader-ginsberg-the-president-is-elected-for-4-years-not-3-his-powers-continue-.html https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/09/21/the-biden-rule-on-judicial-appointments/
22/09/2020: It had never occurred to me that any vaccines used aborted foetuses, but unfortunately this is the case. However, if an alternative vaccine route is possible I think it should be used if only to increase the likely uptake of the vaccine because certainly there will be people who will reject a vaccine which their conscience tells them includes (unacceptable) foetuses: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2020/09/on-the-use-of-fetal-tissue-in-vaccines/
21/09/2020: Yet Another Use for Toilet Trowels: I have recommended that you always carry a metal trowel particularly as an aid to procuring survival water. A hatchet or machete is also vital for this if you ever travel in dry country – as who does not? Such a trowel is also a powerful tent anchor in sand or snow or other loose material.
If you have bought ultralight shoes such as my new Topos which have a tendency to fold inwards as you put them on – at least when new(ish) and if your old fingers are kind of arthritic as mine are and you have trouble fishing the bits out, then you will already know a shoe-horn presents itself as one of mankind’s greatest inventions – but who wants to carry one just for that purpose when a trowel will serve just as well – and you already have one? Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/09/20/yet-another-use-for-toilet-trowels/
21/09/2020: Alternative Fire Lighters: You will already know that I always carry a couple of Mini Bics for fire lighting. They are hard, if not impossible to beat at approximately 10 grams each. I recently added a 1.5 gram rubber Thimblette to prevent my burning my thumb especially when you need to hold the flame on for a protracted burn.
Much as I love them they do have drawbacks. They could explode for example though this is very unlikely and would probably require a welding splash or the like to cause it. They can fail (but anything can – one reason why I always carry more than one. You can probably think of others) and they are difficult to light after they become very wet eg by being submerged in a river, so that if you need to get a fire going quickly eg after you have just fallen through ice (or for some other reason you want an alternative lighter) I thought I would look into that ‘problem’. This is not an extensive survey, but just a few ideas. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/09/20/alternative-fire-lighters/
21/09/2020: Sketchers: Yet another lightweight shoe. This one the Sketcher Go walk claims to be only 206 grams in Mens US Size 9! Only A$99 (September 2020) so maybe worth giving them a try even just as ‘river crossing’ or camp shoes. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/09/20/sketchers/
21/09/2020: ‘In order to let the trees live, let the coal come to the surface!’ István Széchenyi (1790-1860) Just as true today as it was a century and a half ago! There is no future for ‘renewables’. There is no sanity to ‘zero emissions by 20250’ or any other such magical date. Indeed there is no ‘climate sensitivity’ – as I have posted about many times before (scroll back to see): ‘It is by no means certain that the increase in the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration is due to man. In fact, only four to five per cent of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is of anthropogenic origin… The true carbon-climate sensitivity, as deduced by William Happer in a recent article in Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics, may be around 1 to 1.5 degrees Celsius… Yet the periodic dynamic changes of the largely unknown (or fragmentarily known and difficult-to-grasp) natural forces surpassing both human imagination and human ability to influence nature by a vast order of magnitude have always toyed with Earth’s climate as a plaything… A series of “extreme” weather events which have been declared a consequence of “climate change” have turned out to have geophysical and/or solar origins… the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC, 1992) distorted the concept of climate change in a way that is incompatible with science: natural causes were simply excluded from the concept of climate change... The good news is that some former media and climate gurus have already converted in an ecological sense: Michael Moore (the producer of the movie Fahrenheit 9/11) has released his documentary on biomass and solar energy fraudsters (Planet of Humans); Time magazine’s former “Environmental Hero” (Michael Schnellenberger), on the occasion of the premiere of his book (Apocalypse Never), publicly repented the sins of environmentalism. Finally, in Alberta, Canada, the documentary “Global Warning” providing a startling account of a place (Calgary) where an energy policy totally subordinate to climate policy has already won, has been nominated for an award.’ https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/09/19/dissent-in-hungary/
21/09/2020: How foreshortened would the Democrats like Trump’s term to be. He has until January 20th still of his first term in office. That’s still 10% to go. How much of the previous 90% did the Dem’s try to deny him with their Russian hoaxes and etc? Let’s be adults here. In a democracy we chose the government/leader then stand back and let them do their job. Of course everyone wants it to be their own team who is running things, but that is not always the case. Ginsberg has been an execrable Justice presiding over constitutional obscenities such as same sex marriage which are a vile distortion of the intent of the writers of that document - who lived at a time (let’s remember) when homosexuality itself was punishable by the death penalty, so could clearly never have intended that the right to same sex marriage was enshrined in the constitution. If you want the constitution (or law) changed to allow or compel something (new) you need to get it past the people, not force it on them by bending foundation documents completely out of all understanding. That is the sort of creature Ginsberg was. She should not be replaced by anyone of a similar deviancy. Trump is right to move to nominate the best person to replace her now, not to kow-tow to her ridiculous death-wishes (which mostly included American democracy itself, let us remember). Think of all the people awaiting a decision from that court having to wait a further six months, and the cost of such delays. There are quite enough delays in the justice system already. I preferred the ancient Athenian notion that the trial and its decision’s execution should take place immediately after the offence and (if humanly possible) within a single day! https://richardsonpost.com/neil-braithwaite/18284/biden-confused-over-scotus-vacancy/
Simple Ultralight Groundsheet: I just made this simple groundsheet for my Aricxi
tent (and for a new tent I am working on ahead of a trip I am planning next
week). It is made from some 1.1oz fabric I sourced from
The fabric has silicone on one side and polyester on the other. I really like the handle of it (and the dull polyester surface. It is (finished size) exactly 7′ by 4′ at one end and 2’6″ at the other (210 x 120 x 75cm) with just a reinforcing patch and tie-out at each corner (which will tension to one of the existing tent pegs).
You really don’t need sides on a groundsheet. If water is running across the ground you can lay some sticks under the uphill side to prevent its running onto the sheet. In the 1.107 per square yard (37 grams/m2) fabric it weighs 95 grams finished. It cost me less than A$10 (September 2020. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/09/20/simple-ultralight-groundsheet/
20/09/2020: Typical Leftist ‘caring’. Who is most (financially) impacted by the Covid response? The poor, of course: http://coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2020/08/wait-you-mean-that-the-economic-damage-from-covid-lockdowns-does-matter.html
20/09/2020: ‘Hayek, writing in 1945, notes that it had become fashionable to downplay the wisdom of the streets and assume that the experts, armed with lumps of aggregated information, knew best. Yet, as he pointed out, ‘these facts are never so given to a single mind’, which is why commentators, like central planners, so often get it wrong’. Nick Cater.
20/09/2020: Prisoners of Conscience: Andrews is a piece of scum. His thugs fined protesters safely objecting to some of his absurd laws but walked right past hundreds of others who were blithely defying his bans. He also excused others (because of their religion- guess which one) who knowingly and wantonly spread the virus – just as the same people let it out of hotel quarantine: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/coronavirus/daniel-andrews-slammed-as-protesters-fined-but-lawbreaking-spreaders-escape-scotfree/news-story/8701bd0503089dd904edfcdf55a4b5f4 See More: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/how-victorias-mad-inclusive-policies-made-the-virus-disaster-worse/news-story/67a48586a641548c7040d9b33c57621b
19/09/2020: I was only going to stab you - a tribute to being woke: https://davidthompson.typepad.com/davidthompson/2020/09/i-was-only-going-to-stab-you.html?fbclid=IwAR0w1cUZdKHmggnbrKkOQVWecRwZpkmu7SnEvY1FJAIZ3_CfS3q_uP9Nn9k
19/09/2020: Little things that prevent you getting work done in
19/09/2020: Our denial of coal is just eco-lunacy, as Terry McCrann writes: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/terry-mccrann/terry-mccrann-the-power-stations-we-must-have/news-story/4f582c063d4dd9ab31bf2fed4119885a - and note again Willis’ observation that ‘climate sensitivity’ is just a nonsense: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/09/15/cooling-the-hothouse/
19/09/2020: White elephants the Government needs to scrap. Snowy #2 and the
submarine deal are obvious low-hanging fruit – as is the ridiculous NDIS. With
nearly 2 million public servants in
18/09/2020: Joe Hiden: Poor old Joe – he really can’t walk and chew gum at the same time, can he? Is a Harris administration really what the American people want? I very much doubt it: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2020/09/devastating-compelling-trump-campaign-commercial-with-the-truth-about-joe-bidens-teleprompter.html Here he is without a telepromter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sExGofYTfuI&feature=emb_title
18/09/2020: Can You Keep a Secret: I know I can so if this had been one you would not be reading this! When we were at the coast the other day I found a mysterious small oblong block of what we both took to be marble at the time but it was surprisingly heavy. We popped it into the superlight daypack to have as a keepsake as you do – even though it is no doubt like practically everything else probably illegal to do so. Read more: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/09/17/can-you-keep-a-secret/
18/09/2020: Wonnangatta Murders #16: ‘A new theory (August) has emerged in the case of missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay…with speculation the pair were attacked inside their tent now mounting’. At this glacial rate they will start looking for the bodies along the Zeka Track where I suggested they look at the outset in early 2021! https://www.heraldsun.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts/police-suspect-missing-high-country-campers-attacked-in-tent/news-story/e6ba88d14ab1dd1134ae135dd917afcb
But detectives have now (September) turned to ‘overseas sources’, so at least they have some lead/evidence which might solve this most puzzling case: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts/overseas-experts-called-in-to-help-solve-missing-campers-mystery/news-story/8f874aec4bacbf04dc808270f598363d
18/09/2020: When even the leftist Chris Ullmann sees that government response to Covid was excessive and counter-productive then the likes of Dan, Annastacia and Jacinta are doomed: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/09/17/the-case-for-calling-off-the-covid-dogs/
17/09/2020: NASA data shows wildfires down by 25% - so much for ‘global warming’: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/09/16/irrefutable-nasa-data-global-wildfire-down-by-25-percent/
17/09/2020: Trump has all along called it
17/09/2020: And this brave Andrews whistleblower/defector shows that the whole government response to the virus was wrong: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2020/09/victorian-treasury-insider-explains-why-he-quit-rather-than-be-silenced-by-the-andrews-regime.html
16/09/2020: Cancel Culture and me. I have recently received two typical
‘Unfriendings’ from leftie ‘ex-friends’ of 20+ years. For example: ‘Can't stand the bullshit. Too much shit in my life I don't need your
bullshit conspiracy theories and racism. Have a nice life.’ My response: ‘Your
scatalogical obsession reveals a sad decline in your intellectual ability, as
does your one-sidedness and shrinking from a diversity of ideas and opinions. I
have looked back through my posts (viewable here: http://www.finnsheep.com/Steve's%20Blog.htm). I was raised
among aboriginals in
16/09/2020: Nuts to ‘climate sensitivity’! Willis simply blows it away! What a wonderful breath of fresh air. Do read this: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/09/15/cooling-the-hothouse/
16/09/2020: So, Scott will build a new (gas) generator! Good start. Get real Scott though and build (some new) coal and/or nuclear generators. The era of the ‘renewables’ scam is surely over. Only kindergarten kids could still believe that any cheap or useful energy could be extracted from sunbeams (or as Jonathan Swift styled it so long ago, cucumbers) or wind (duh!): http://joannenova.com.au/2020/09/winning-labor-party-drops-2030-renewable-target-libs-build-gas-plant-still-scared-of-climate-bullies/ & https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/09/15/no-wind-in-dans-sails-scomo-on-fire-sort-of-and-leave-it-to-lean/ PS: I realize these decisions wilol upset Laura Tingle and other ABC parasites – maybe time their apron strings were cut permanently too – they could maybe learn to shear sheep!
15/09/2020: So Blue: http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/59562
15/09/2020: Do you think people will vote for this (people celebrating the ambush shooting of two police in the head), or vote for law and order and Trump? You chose: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2020/09/black-american-videos-himself-rejoicing-at-shooting-of-2-la-sheriffs-no-one-present-went-to-aid-the-.html & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/09/hope-btch-dies-blm-chants-31-year-old-la-police-officer-mother-ambushed-shot-head-try-breach-hospitalvideo/
15/09/2020: Mind you our own police did not exactly cover themselves in glory with the ‘arrest’ of a mental patient by running over him with a car or their ‘storm trooper’ tactics at the Vic market (what idiot chose those uniforms?): https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2020/09/new-video-shows-victoria-police-schutzstaffel-drive-a-car-into-the-man-they-then-stomped-on-the-head.html & https://twitter.com/i/status/1305004087906164737
14/09/2020: P.J.O’Rourke is just great. Here’s a sample, ‘The 19th century spawning of idle, dreamy, feckless young people arrived just in time for the Marxist intellectual fad. And Marxist thinking among intellectuals is a fashion trend that has never gone away.
Intellectuals like Marxism because Marx makes economics simple — the rich get their money from the poor. (How the rich manage this, since the poor by definition don’t have any money, is beyond me. But never mind.)
Real economics are more complicated than anything that intellectuals can make sense of.
Also, living in an ivory tower teaches few economic lessons — even fewer now that intellectuals have banned the ivory trade. Marxism puts inarticulate notions of a sharing-caring nicer world into vivid propaganda slogans. Slogans such as: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” Which may be the most ridiculous political-economic idea that anybody has ever had.
My need is for Beluga caviar, a case of Chateau Haut-Brion 1961, a duplex on Fifth Avenue overlooking Central Park, a bespoke suit from Gieves & Hawkes in Savile Row, a matched pair of Purdey 12-bore sidelock shotguns and a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that recently sold at Sotheby’s Monterey auction for $48.4 million.
My ability is … Um … I have an excellent memory for limericks …
There once was a man from
To each according to his need … What don’t kids need? My 16-year-old son needs Mom to drive to school with his lunch, his homework and one sock. Never mind that she packed his lunch, did his homework and washed his socks — one of which he left behind this morning along with his homework and his lunch so that she has to drive back to school even though she just returned from driving him to school.
From each according to Mom’s and Dad’s ability, not to mention the ability of Mom’s and Dad’s Visa card credit line and the bank loans we took out to pay for school tuition.
The grim truth is, kids are born communists.’ Read on: https://nypost.com/2020/09/12/pj-orourke-this-is-why-millennials-adore-socialism/
14/09/2020: How Dan actually works – it’s quite chilling: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/09/13/if-you-read-one-op-ed-today/
13/09/2020: Carpe Diem. ‘Seize the Day’. There are only a certain number of them. No-one knows how many or ever will. ‘Some days are diamonds‘ as the song says – and in my (fortunate) experience, most are. Anyway one where you keep on breathing in and out has to be a good one.
It was a beautiful spring day, 23C at Licola, wind at 9
kph NNW and river height of 1.87, absolutely perfect conditions for canoeing my
13/09/2020: When will we hear from the PM and the Liberal Party on this terrible theft of private property rights? https://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/terry-mccrann/terry-mccrann-clive-palmer-has-a-right-to-challenge-wa-government-in-court/news-story/f226ca6713ecb008bba885daf79d8045 & https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/08/28/democratic-banana-republic-of-western-australia-part-too-many/
13/09/2020: The Science is Settled – well, not quite yet: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/09/10/49-nasa-scientists-call-bs/
13/09/2020: Dan just ahead of ‘Don’t Know’ and behind ‘Don’t Know His Name’ (O’Brien – you may have to learn it!) and it’s no surprise: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/09/12/well-maybe-perhaps/
12/09/2020: 75 Years on – this is a ‘must watch’: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/final-account-film-review-venice-2020
12/09/2020: These are cheap remedies Dan. End the bans. They reduce mortality enormously. Vitamin D, Zinc, Hydroxychloroquine, Ivomec, Azithromycin…Use them and let us open up a little: http://joannenova.com.au/2020/09/vitamin-d-reduced-the-rate-of-icu-admission-from-50-to-2-do-black-lives-matter/ And Scott, this is a national disaster. You must act: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/09/10/how-do-we-come-out-of-this-alive/
12/09/2020: Koalas and other thieves and freeloaders: We are obliged to share our lambs with the local eagles. The ewes don’t agree with this policy either but they can’t do much about it. Bizarrely enough we can get a permit to shoot up to five of them (every year) though we have never done so, but we are not eligible for any compensation for the lambs they eat! I have always taken the view that the eagles are public property and our lambs are private property. I would be fined if my sheep intrude onto public property. I think it is reasonable that the pubic pays for the upkeep of their eagles which involves compensating us for the lambs the eagles eat. Frankly I am terrified by this koala issue. Again government is deciding it can make rules which effectively confiscate private property without paying compensation. The native and introduced vegetation on private land no doubt supports a variety of both native and introduced animals. However all this property (including the vegetation and the animals) are in fact private property. Declaring that the ‘native’ component is ‘public’ property is in fact confiscation and has been compensatable since at least Magna Carta and is specifically protected by a Section of the Australian Constitution. At great expense and trouble we have erected wildlife proof fences to protect our private land and animals from the depredations of foxes, cats wombats and kangaroos. At the same time we have planted thousands of trees for the amenity of both native and farm animals – and our own. We are happy to have chosen (native) birds and animals protected behind our fences (just as our sheep are). We would not be so happy to have to take the fences down to allow the ingress of kangaroos, koalas or any other native animal whose ingress and egress would in fact jeopardize the purpose of our fencing and our planting etc – by also allowing back in foxes and cats, and by eating all the grass.On a ten acre paddock next door (which we used to rent there is at present a mob of over thirty eastern grey kangaroos. We used to run about the same number of ewes in that paddock when we rented it up to about ten years ago. You could not run a single sheep on it today unless you fenced out the kangaroos which have been allowed to breed up unchecked in the neglected bushland behind us. The kangaroos have eaten the grass down to the ground. There is nothing sacred about native animals. There is just the same need to manage and care for them as is the case with farm animals. However, if the public wants to essentially confiscate private land for public purposes (such as wildlife conservation) they must pay for that confiscation. This has been an accepted principle of British justice for a thousand years: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/anna-caldwell-coalition-infighting-doesnt-help-anyone-in-the-city-or-the-bush/news-story/e22835dfcd1cee13e63624c128135369?from=htc_rss
11/09/2020: Just like Rousseau's ‘noble savage’ which has proved to be a misnomer for ‘violent savage’ the idea of savages as grand conservationists is just nonsense.For example, ‘aboriginal’ Australians all-but ruined this wonderful continent turning it from pretty much a lush ‘garden of Eden’ into a pitiless desert and so denutrifying the soils to the point that not much else would grow but dreadful weeds such as gums, wattles and poa tussock over vast areas. To their great credit European Australians have since improved on most of that enormously so that we can now feed over 100 million people world-wide: https://quillette.com/2020/09/06/the-myth-of-harmonious-indigenous-conservationism/
11/09/2020: Things look better with gaslight: 75 riots a month fueling the ‘racial divide’. Bad news indeed. Folks will definitely vote for Donald rather than have more of this: https://rosebyanyothernameblog.wordpress.com/2020/09/06/things-look-better-with-gaslight/
11/09/2020: IMOK – Indeed I am off to canoe again the Macalister for the day. Something like this: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2017/10/18/silver-river-endless-sky/
10/09/2020: When our General Blamey accepted the Japanese surrender 75 years ago
yesterday (on Morotai) he said ‘he did not recognise the Japanese as an
honourable and gallant foe, recalling the treacherous attacks made by them
against China, the British Empire and USA, and the atrocities that had been
inflicted upon prisoners of war.’ Be warned, we are seeing the same behaviour
10/09/2020: Just more Green madness. Forests felled to make green electricity; mountainsides covered with bird & bat killing machines, deserts paved with (similar) solar, ‘organics’ requiring 28% more land for agriculture which could have been wilderness, vast forests cleared to create ‘biofuels’, etc, etc. These people are nuts: http://joannenova.com.au/2020/09/green-groups-save-the-coal-underground-but-destroy-the-forest-above/ And of course, no-one wants to buy an electric car; not even 4% of motorists ever! http://joannenova.com.au/2020/09/a-quarter-of-the-uk-wont-even-buy-an-electric-car-in-their-lifetimes/
10/09/2020: At last some figures. For example NZ has spent 190 times the ‘normal’ spend on ‘saving’ each individual life from Covid 19. I have been saying this all year (since January). Any individual life has an economic cost/worth. Much as day-dreamers may want to say, ‘You can’t put a cost on human life’ you only have to divide the size of the economy by its individual members to get a figure which puts the lie to that. You just can’t throw the whole economy away on saving an individual life or even a small fraction of them. Governments have always set limits even if we did not know exactly what the limits were - and were sometimes whimsical in demanding that particular individual lives be ‘saved’ no matter the cost. Tony Bullimore springs to mind. The best public health measures have always been those whose per capita cost vs return was lowest. Clean water/sanitation were the most important (in the C19th). Nothing since goes anywhere near them. All along we needed to learn to live with this virus and manage it – once Scott failed early on to keep it out by waiting too long to shut the door and then all failed to stop its spread. Elimination was an unlikely strategy and a vaccine is only likely to be one of a number of management ‘tools’, (if it works at all) just as cheap drugs such as Hydroxychloroquine, Ivomec, Zinc, Vitamin D, antibiotics, etc should be. The blunt truth is that (new) diseases cull the human population. They always have and always will. I have all along accepted that I (and my loved ones) may well be among the culls. That is also as it has always been, though we personally have made every effort to avoid it – more effort than any of our governments so far have I must say: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/coronavirus/us-vice-presidential-nominee-kamala-harris-says-she-does-not-trust-donald-trumps-coronavirus-vaccine-claims/news-story/f89c2d0e7e45281899de965d799ae0f9 PS: Most of our lock-down rules have been unnecessary or onerous and should never have been implements: bans on playing golf, going fishing, hunting or camping by oneself or with members of our household for example. They should be scrapped forthwith. Dan’s roadmap is a farce. PPS: This woman is an electrician but she has more common sense than the ‘experts’ which have so far been informing government policy: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/09/09/tabitha-alloway-rule-by-experts-is-tyranny-shrouded-in-science/ PPPS And now some indication of why Victoria’s second-wave has been less deadly than the first: masks increase asymptomatic infection over symptomatic: http://joannenova.com.au/2020/09/good-news-more-masks-means-more-asymptomatic-infections-and-less-severe-ones/
09/11/2020: Ultralight Tyvek Wallet: Given my predilection for this wonderful material it will probably not surprise you that I have carried a Tyvek wallet for many years. I have probably worn out half a dozen over the years. I guess they usually last me 2-3 years before they look so shabby I feel I must replace them – as I have done today, as my new ones have arrived, at last. the post is so slow at the moment.
The ones I am using work purchased from Dynomighty and cost me US$ 16.95 each plus some delivery, so perhaps A$25 each in my hands – something like that. I think this is reasonable value. You may find them elsewhere more conveniently.
The wallets weigh between 13-14 grams empty and are wonderfully thin and well-sized. I find most wallets far too big for jeans pockets pretty much in every direction. Already i have too many cards in this one and need to cull them again. Some can go onto my phone using an App such as Stocard – which I use. I notice there are no notes at all for the two billfold sections, a tribute to the virus! Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2020/09/09/ultralight-tyvek-wallet/
09/09/2020: Vale John, My Facebook Memory from five years ago today. Time passes so swiftly: ‘Last night I learned of the death of one of my oldest friends, John Seamer whom I have known since we were in Year 10 (1964), so 51 years! We were very close at University and in our twenties. Having now lived most of our lives half a continent apart with irregular phone calls and even more irregular visits, I am surprised at the depth of feeling of loss I have this morning: You may guess I ‘hear Time’s wing’d chariot hurrying near’ – and it is true. You may well think there is time aplenty to do all those things you dream of, but for John there is no more time at all, so I hope he did not die with many regrets of things left undone. I had planned a three day hike with Spot in my beloved Gippsland mountains starting this morning, so I will waste no time leaving that particular ambition undone…’ I am once again planning on a multi-day hike in the Vic mountains with just my dog. This one may not be strictly legal and I just don’t care. I would pay the fines if necessary.
09/09/2020: The Gaslighting Effect – a ‘must read’: http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/35445-Media-Gaslighting.html
09/09/2020: Steve Kates puts this disaster in perspective perfectly, ‘There will eventually have to be a reckoning. How did we let this happen and how can we make sure it never happens again? This non-crisis will eventually come to an end’: https://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/09/09/why-has-the-covid-crisis-not-disappeared-already/ Now we learn this. Those Covid tests are crap: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/09/07/covid-19-testing-1000-times-too-sensitive/
many sheep do I have to shear to pay for some lazy bugger on the dole?’ Too
many people just don’t want to work! Weeks ago I posted about all the
‘worker wanted’ ads on businesses in our local area – and that are still there
– because of ‘Jobseeker’ and ‘Jobkeeper’ which I said at the time need to be
renamed with the (dirty) word ‘work’ in them. Another example,
McCrann is pefectly right: Andrews’ resignation is the essential